The NFL draft is less than three weeks away. One of the Seahawks' targets is Jalen Carter. But Carter can't seem to stop making the news.
This week Carter's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said that Carter will be declining visit requests for any team not currently slotted to have a top-ten pick. The reason for this is that Rosenhaus is confident that Carter will be among the first ten picks. This very well may be the case, but not taking visits from teams outside the current top ten might make trading up for Carter less likely.
Carter has had a couple of negative issues recently. One is that he was involved in January in a drag racing incident when the car Carter wasn't in crashed and two people died from their injuries. The other, and likely even more important to NFL teams, was that Carter's Pro Day did not go well and he appeared to be out of shape and could not finish his drills. The last pieces of information aren't my opinion; They are facts.
The Seahawks likely still have Jalen Carter on their radar for pick number 5
Seahawks general manager John Schneider was asked on Seattle Sports on Thursday about Rosenhaus saying Carter won't do visits with teams outside the top ten this way: "Agents are gonna advise their clients how they deem fit. Obviously, I’m sure a lot of people want to spend time with Jalen. There’s only so much time you have with these guys...I’m sure Drew had a reason and Jalen had a reason for cutting it off at a certain point. That’s their prerogative. I really don’t have an opinion one way or the other on that."
Of course, Schneider is correct. The Seahawks currently have the number five overall pick in the 2023 NFL draft and Carter very well might be available at pick number 5. But Carter could also fall completely out of the top ten due to recent events involving him.
I don't know Jalen Carter. He might just be a young man who has made a few errors in judgment recently and otherwise he is a good person. What I trust, however, is how John Schneider and Pete Carroll approach the upcoming draft as the Seahawks have overall been very successful since 2010 with Schneider and Carroll running the team. If they choose to take Carter at number 5, I trust that Schneider and Carroll have done their due diligence in the investigation of Carter. But Carter's actions have definitely produced some red flags recently.