A Texas native from Missouri City, Andre Carter II is an intriguing pass rushing prospect for the Army Golden Knights. The range in which he could be taken in the 2023 NFL Draft spans from the latter half of the first round all the way to round three thanks to incredible traits and big questions in his game. The Dallas Cowboys will see Dante Fowler depart for Free Agency, so they could be looking to add another player to get after the quarterback.
At 6’7″ and 260lbs Andre Carter brings a unique frame with elite length that the Cowboys may covet on their draft boards.
The trick to the NFL draft is always projecting what a player will be, rather than what he currently is. Last year, UGA EDGE Travon Walker surpassed players like Aiden Hutchinson and Kayvon Thibodeaux to become the No. 1 overall pick.
The Jacksonville Jaguars felt those players were closer to their max potential, while Walker was still untapped. Though he may not be a top player taken in the 2023 NFL Draft, the same concept will apply for Andre Carter.
Playing as a stand-up Outside Linebacker for the Golden Knights, Andre Carter exploded on the scene in 2021 by registering 15.5 sacks (second most in the nation), forcing four fumbles and coming away with an interception. Even with his 6’7″ 260lbs frame, Carter was asked to drop into coverage from time to time and showed great play recognition and reaction.
Dallas Cowboys Defensive Coordinator Dan Quinn loves lengthy, rangy players he can do different things with and Andre Carter fits that description.
Andre Carter has incredible timing on the snap and an explosive first step that leaves Offensive Tackles reaching and desperate to recover.
However, the production slowed drastically in 2022 as Andre Carter reached the Quarterback only three times in 10 games. There’s also concerns about his ability to counter if he doesn’t win on his first move. Helping in the run game leaves plenty to be desired as well. An area the Dallas Cowboys need help.
Projected Draft Spot: Andre Carter will be eligible for the draft thanks to language in a new military budget bill that allows active duty athletes to defer their service should they have a legitimate shot at pro status. Andre Carter’s draft position will become more clear once the combine begins.
Testing well could launch him into the mid-first round. His get off, first step, first move and football IQ all show up on tape, but if he runs and jumps well some GM’s could let their imaginations run wild. Questions regarding his lower body strength and willingness to stick his nose in the run game remain.
For the time being Carter is projected in Round 2 with rising and falling potential.