Carter’s Combine Catastrophe

03/02/2023 Carter’s Combine Catastrophe

By: Jeff Yoder

Top NFL Prospect & Georgia Star DL Jalen Carter Charged With Reckless Driving in Fatal Car Crash

Crushing news hit one of the top prospects in this year’s NFL Draft during the combine yesterday. Georgia’s star defensive lineman Jalen Carter was charged with reckless driving in connection to a crash that killed teammate Devin Wilcock and recruiting staff member Chandler LeCroy after the Bulldogs won the National Championship in January. The reports say that Carter was present at the scene of the crash before leaving and later providing shifting accounts to police.


Go Deeper: Carter was present at the NFL Combine Wednesday in Indianapolis, but he was made unavailable for media after making arrangements to turn himself in. He posted a statement saying: “There is no question in my mind that when all of the facts are known that I will be fully exonerated of any criminal wrongdoing.”


Carter was projected to be a top-five pick in this year’s draft, potentially going as high as No. 1 overall. He recorded 32 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles for Georgia in 2022 while anchoring the defensive line in their championship run.


Additional Storylines

Yahoo! Sports: What NFL Teams Are Saying About Jalen Carter’s Draft Stock After Alleged Involvement in Tragic Crash

USA Today: Georgia LB Nolan Smith Breaks Down at NFL Combine Talking About Death of Teammate


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