NFL draft talk is heating up and Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. explored the surprising depth at running back on ESPN.com. One of the three value backs he wrote about was Copley High School and Syracuse product Delone Carter.
Here's what Muench had to say about Carter:
"Carter lacks ideal instincts and the speed to run away from defenses when he gets a seam, and there are also concerns about his ability to contribute as a receiver. On the other hand, Carter has the balance, power and determination to develop into an effective between-the-tackles runner. He's quicker than fast and, like (Oregon State's Jacquizz) Rodgers, can bounce runs outside. Carter is also a willing pass-blocker who can hold his ground.
"New Orleans is an intriguing possibility for Carter, who could move into the late-third round range before all is said and done. Rookie free agent Chris Ivory led the Saints in rushing last year but finished the season on injured reserve, and as New Orleans also has four backs who are scheduled to become free agents, Carter would give the Saints an insurance policy should Ivory stumble in his second year or injuries become a problem. Carter also has the potential to develop into a good complement to versatile RB Reggie Bush.''
Rodgers also among the backs rated as good values in the middle rounds, along with Louisville's Bilal Powell. Presumably the Browns will be looking for a backup for Peyton Hillis in the draft, especially with the uncertainty of 2011 free agency.