By: Chip Turner
The majority of the North Carolina RB hype in 2020 went to Javonte Williams, but it’s a legitimate question as to whether he was the best RB on his own team. Michael Carter has the ability to be a complementary back in the NFL at the very least and is particularly well-suited to a pass-heavy offense.
While Javonte Williams runs with violence, the best word I can use to describe Carter is smooth. Everything he does looks natural. He’s a patient, smart runner with good vision who follows his blockers well and is a very good receiver out of the backfield. He doesn’t have blistering speed, but he’s certainly fast enough to get chunk yardage.
As far as weaknesses, there’s nothing glaring. Carter isn’t a big back, so I don’t know that he’ll ever be a feature back, and he’s not a very good in pass protection. Those things aside? Carter should have a good NFL career, and he appears to be turning heads during Senior Bowl week. It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear his name called before the end of Day 2 of the NFL draft.