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More Ugly Jalen Carter Revelations Make Bears’ Decision Even Better

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The Chicago Bears will be connected to Jalen Carter for years to come, whether they like it or not. Plenty of people felt taking the Georgia defensive tackle was worth the risk. He has Hall of Fame physical gifts and was a perfect fit for Matt Eberflus’ Tampa-2 defense as a three-technique. GM Ryan Poles had the golden opportunity when Carter fell to #9 in the 1st round. He passed, trading down with Philadelphia so they could take him instead. Experts were perplexed by the decision considering the Bears’ obvious needs.

However, new information has continued to emerge over the past week that illustrated why Carter was never on the table. The latest comes from Tyler Dunne of Go Long. He talked about the Seattle Seahawks’ draft success over the past calendar year, and the topic of Carter came up. That organization isn’t afraid to take gambles on questionable characters, so why not Carter?

I was told the Seahawks were quite pleased that everybody seemed to view their team as Carter’s most logical landing spot. It was never going to happen. (“Hell no,” one team source said.) A few people made a late push for Carter in the building but, all along, the Seahawks detected polar-opposite football DNA in these two prospects. Nor were they alone. Multiple teams viewed Carter as “unapologetic” through the pre-draft process, one source said.

It gets even worse.

Other teams detected Carter’s general lack of passion throughout the draft process. His love of football never came across in interviews. Not only that, but it doesn’t seem like he was getting huge votes of confidence from teammates or coaches.

When the Philadelphia Eagles selected him ninth overall, a tearful Carter shared an emotional moment with commissioner Roger Goodell.

Those who chatted with Carter directly around the league were perplexed by the scene.

That’s probably the most emotion that kid has shown his entire life,” one NFC scout said last week. “Or at least since he’s been going through this process — everything going on with his off-field stuff. He couldn’t have gone to a better place. A strong D-Line room and former teammates to keep his ass in check. If he can’t get going there, he deserves to fail. There’s too much gray area. Too many unknowns.”

Carter was mostly emotionless up to that night.

“For mostly everybody,” this scout added. “You really couldn’t feel him out. We never could figure him out.”

Teams picking in the top 10 were justifiably spooked by the fact that teammates and coaches in Georgia rarely went to bat for Carter.

Jalen Carter never had a chance with the Bears.

While they already had plenty of red flags to worry about, the final nail in the coffin likely came at Georgia’s pro day. Carter arrived nine pounds overweight and proceeded to cut the workout short because of cramping and exhaustion. In other words, he tapped out. For Poles and Eberflus, that was tantamount to heresy. By contrast, Darnell Wright was pushed to the max during his workout and never quit. That is what sold them on him. If Carter can’t get himself motivated to go through a simple workout, they can’t trust him to be there late in the 4th quarter when the defense needs a stop.

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Maybe Jalen Carter will defy expectations. Thanks to their locker room stacked with veteran leaders, Philadelphia might wake him up. He’s young. Then again, if even Seattle is passing on you, that isn’t a good sign. Their locker room also has plenty of veteran leadership, not to mention a future Hall of Fame head coach. Carter would’ve been their ideal scenario in any normal situation. Still, they said no thanks. It seems Chicago made the correct decision as well.

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Mark
Mark
May 10, 2023 6:32 pm

Wait til the civil trial and he gives 50% of his money to the families of the Georgia player and staff

Erik is a liar
Erik is a liar
May 9, 2023 12:44 pm

Holy cope. No this draft was more of the same. Why are most of you amazed by mediocrity? Do you want a dynasty or are content with one good team every ten years that amounts to nothing in the end? When Poles gets fired just remember y’all saying this stuff. Because you’re gonna let McCaskey bring in Polian again to find a GM and claim “it’s different this time”. It’s your fault Bears fans when we waste Fields. Congrats. Boycott this team if you love it. If u keep this up we’re never gonna be consistent winners you absolute idiots.… Read more »

It's not sunny in Philadelphia
It's not sunny in Philadelphia
May 9, 2023 10:33 am

Jalen Carter is going to be the next Jamarcus Rusell but at the DT position. Have fun driving through Kensington and running over the “zombies” there.

FNagy
FNagy
May 9, 2023 9:45 am

What’s gonna happen when he gets behind the wheel of Lambo? He really has BUST written all over him. Really stoked they passed on him and got a bonus 4th round pick! No remorse, bad attitude, no passion for the game, out of shape ; Its a pretty big laundry list. Philly might have been the best spot for him, but he would have been a Bust for the Bears, none of his friends are on the team to guide him.

GhostTomahawk 34
GhostTomahawk 34
May 9, 2023 9:36 am

Dude has bust all over him. He should be in jail not getting million dollar paychecks. There’s your social justice at work right there. We regular poor folk would be in the slammer while this kid got drafted.

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