2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Delone Carter, RB, Syracuse

by Cory J. Bonini on April 1, 2011 @ 15:44:42 PDT


Syracuse senior running back Delone Carter enters the 2011 NFL Draft as an enigmatic, risky draft prospect with a lot of upside.

Carter missed all of the 2007 season (hip injury) and returned in 2008 to lose his starting job. He led the team in rushing as a freshman in 2006. In 2009, Carter bounced back as the No. 1 back for the Orangemen, rushing for 1,021 yards and 11 scores (added one receiving). Last year, he set a career high with 1,233 yards on his way to a nine-touchdown campaign.


  • Stocky, compact build (5-foot-8 5/8, 222 pounds)
  • Effective jump-cut move
  • Stays low in traffic
  • Protects the football
  • Well balanced
  • Strong, aggressive pass blocker
  • Delone Carter, draft prospect
    Interesting risk-reward prospect
    Acceptable speed - official 4.54-second 40-yard dash (1.54-second 10-yard split) at the Scouting Combine; 4.46 seconds at his Pro Day
  • Strong lower body (10-foot broad jump, 37-inch vertical jump)
  • Forward lean, always keeps legs churning
  • Excellent in short-yardage situations
  • Quality vision for cutback lanes
  • High upside


  • Injury history (hamstring in 2008, dislocated hip in 2007)
  • Suspended in 2010 for punching a student during an on-campus snowball fight
  • Academic issues early in his career
  • May not hold up against bigger rushing linebackers in the NFL
  • Tends to want to bounce outside too often
  • Hasn't been involved much as a receiver or as a route runner

Expected draft placement

Carter comes with a world of upside and equal risk between his character concerns and potential for re-injury of his hip. He could be a workhorse back in the NFL in the right system, but he will probably be a spell back initially. Carter needs to improve his receiving skills before being considered a competent third-down back.

Expect a team to take a chance on Carter in the latter portion of the third round or early fourth.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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