How did Andre Carter go undrafted after preseason mock drafts projected the Army linebacker to be a first-round talent?
Did the uncertainty of the Department of Defense policy play a role in all 32 teams passing up Carter as one of the 259 picks?
Co-host Steve Anderson and former Atlanta Falcons scout Justin Schaaf provide great perspectives on this podcast.
Schaaf made some comparisons to Carter’s potential journey as a free agent with the Minnesota Vikings to Ali Villanueva’s path to the NFL and a Pro Bowl tackle.
Anderson believes Carter, who will wear No. 57 for the Vikings, will have “extra chip on his shoulder” for going undrafted.
NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that the Vikings signed Carter to a contract that includes $40,000 signing bonus and $300K in base salary guarantee.
“One of the biggest commitments ever to an undrafted free agent,” Pelissero tweeted. “A sign they (the Vikings) believe Carter can make the active roster.”
The podcast includes a note that Wagner edge rusher Titus Leo, who attended Army Pro Day in front of the 30 scouts in attendance to watch Carter, was drafted in the sixth round by the Colts.
There’s also some fun debate over Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett being selected before Carter.
Anderson discusses a hometown connection with Saints first-round draft pick Bryan Bresee.
Schaaf breaks down Texans’ first-round picks C.J. Stroud and Will Anderson from a front-office perspective.