The hype around Eagles 2023 first-round draft pick Jalen Carter continues to build throughout training camp. He made his presence felt early on against the Ravens in the preseason opener, getting after Ravens quarterback Josh Johnson with ease.
This was something we didn’t see too much of at Georgia, but it’s clear Jalen Carter wants to show he is more than capable of rushing the passer.

This week the Eagles had two joint practices with the Cleveland Browns. The hype around Jalen Carter only continued to grow. Within those collaborative practices, Carter recorded 2 sacks, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery, and a QB hit that nearly caused an interception.

It was also said that he “pancaked” Cleveland Browns All-Pro Guard Joe Bitonio during 11-on-11.

His play on the field has been exceptional, but will it translate into the production required to win Defensive Rookie of The Year?

That answer will more than likely boil down to his sack total.

It isn’t a common occurrence that a defensive tackle receives this award. The last time a defensive tackle won Defensive Rookie of the Year was in 2014, when Aaron Donald won it with the St. Louis Rams. In fact, only 8 defensive tackles in NFL history have won the award. This achievement would surely put Carter among some elite company.

Jalen Carter currently has the second-best odds to win the award at (+650), per SI Sportsbook. He only trails Houston Texans edge rusher Will Anderson Jr., who was selected with the third overall pick. Anderson Jr. has shown throughout his career at Alabama that he excels at getting after the quarterback. He was able to record double-digit sacks in both of his last two seasons at Alabama. For reference, Aaron Donald had 9 sacks in his rookie season, which resulted in him taking home the award.

Carter has pointed out an interesting aspect of why he’s expecting to become more of a pass rusher in the NFL. He claims that while at Georgia, many teams feared throwing against them and stuck to running the ball. The NFL will present him with more opportunities to get into the opposing team’s backfield.

Fletcher Cox recently said that it’s fun to watch Carter go out there and “destroy” people. He even went on to say that Carter probably should’ve been drafted first overall. That is some pretty high praise from a player that’s been one of the best defensive tackles in this league for quite some time.

If Carter can continue his dominance into the regular season is yet to be seen, but he is, without a doubt, off to a great start.
He’s made it clear that his goal is to win the DROY, and all he can do now is go out there and prove why he is deserving.

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