Georgia Bulldogs defensive lineman Jalen Carter has declared for the 2023 NFL Draft forgoing his remaining college eligibility. This comes a day after he and the Georgia Bulldogs routed the TCU Horned Frogs 56-7 in the 2022-23 College Football Playoff National Championship game. Carter is projected to be a top-five selection and is the highest-rated player headed to the 2023 NFL Draft. Either he or a quarterback will be the first overall selection in the draft, but Carter is considered the most pro-ready player heading into the NFL this year. His dominant tenure at Georgia is now at an end.
Georgia DL Jalen Carter announced that he is entering the draft. Carter is Mel Kiper’s No. 1 rated player in the 2023 NFL Draft.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 10, 2023
In three years with the Georgia Bulldogs, Jalen Carter recorded 44 solo tackles, 83 total tackles, four passes defended, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. Carter was a force on the defensive line for the Georgia Bulldogs and helped them win two National Championships in his career with the program. Bryce Young and CJ Stroud are the top two projected quarterbacks in the draft, but teams will seriously consider Carter even if they may need a quarterback on their roster. His ability to impact the running game and the passing game will be a vital tool for an NFL team next season. Carter will be a preseason favorite for Defensive Rookie of the Year next season.