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CB Alex Carter

Last year’s third-round pick is buried on the unofficial depth chart. Basically a rookie this year after missing a majority of the year last year to a nagging ankle injury, he has yet to impress. What’s worrisome for Carter is the new management has no ties to the regime who originally drafted the Stanford University product.

On paper, the 21-year old possesses all the measurable of an elite corner. He has the size and the athleticism but has never had the ball-hawk gene or man coverage skills. The learning curve is quite steep for an NFL corner, but how much patience will Bob Quinn have?

If they do decide to keep a journeyman for the 5th corner (Darrin Walls or Crezdon Butler), it will not be because they didn’t give Carter a chance. He received 25 snaps on defense against the Steelers, tied for the most of any corner. Carter, although big and athletic, has not put out enough positive game film to garner a ton of outside attention. The Lions could attempt to develop him and stash the floundering corner on the practice squad until he figures it out.

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