Duquesne football players not named Leigh Bodden haven’t seen a lot of love in the National Football League, but Gianni Carter may earn at least a practice squad spot somewhere. It’s pretty well known by now that he worked out with the Steelers in late May, though nothing seems to have come from that.
His profile on ESPN still mentions the conference as the MAAC. ESPN has it correctly updated on their FCS side but not here. I suppose that doesn’t help at all.
One knock against him is is 40 yard dash time – just a 4.7 – but straight line speed is pretty well overrated, and the 40 tends to measure acceleration rather than actual speed.
Carter is aware of this shortcoming. In a draft interview on Expanded Sports, he says:
“Although I am not the fastest receiver, I use my route precision and on field awareness to separate from defenders. Another strength would be my ability to understand/ read defenses.”
He’s very self aware, and correct that his route running is solid. He isn’t the quickest, but he is agile and his hands are above average.
I see Carter as someone who could earn his way onto a practice squad and then let his work ethic take over from there. He’s 6’2″ with capabilities that would make him an asset in that role. As the pro training camps begin, we’ll have to see if he gets a serious look from anyone.