Giants rookie linebacker Lorenzo Carter, the 66th overall pick in the 2018 draft, has the raw talent to succeed in the NFL.
But, he also has great teachers around him.
The third-round pick out of Georgia is looking to nail down a role in the Giants’ new-look 3-4 defense, and has utilized his more experienced teammates in his early days with the team.
“We have a very tight core group of outside linebackers, with Vern [Olivier Vernon], Kareem Martin, even Romeo [Okwara], Jordan Williams,” Carter said after practice Tuesday. “We’ve all helped each other out. They’ve helped me, given me tidbits here and there, and I’m just trying to soak it all up, because they’ve been there. Especially O.V., he’s had a lot of success.”
Carter will also be able to learn from inside linebacker Alec Ogletree, who also is a former Georgia Bulldog.
Ogletree, the first-year Giant who was acquired from the Rams, seems to be impressed thus far by his protege.
“He’s a dog first off, so we breed ’em like that,” Ogletree said, referring to their common Georgia roots. “But he’s come to work really hard, and he’s done an excellent job for us so far.”
Carter has experience playing in a 3-4 scheme, as Georgia used the same setup during his college career. But Carter has said he played as many as five different positions in that scheme, which may have explained the former five-star recruit’s somewhat pedestrian numbers in Athens (14 career sacks across four seasons).
His new team will likely give him a more defined role.
“We got our responsibilities,” Carter said of his role in the Giants’ system. “It’s going to be [mostly] affect the passer and set the edge.”
While padless practices like Tuesday’s may do little in the way of evaluating bruisers like Carter, it’s obvious that the Giants have drafted a supreme athlete.
Listed at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds on the official team roster, Carter has the size, length and speed to contribute immediately to the Giants’ revamped pass rush.
But that athleticism alone won’t be enough for him at this level.
“Everybody out there is like physically gifted and special players, so it’s the small details that really make a difference,” Carter said.
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