Coming out of the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., Jan. 23, former Penn State TE Kyle Carter was hoping to earn an invite to February’s NFL Combine.
When it did not come, March 18 suddenly became a very important date for Carter. That’s when NFL scouts were slated to converge on Happy Valley for Penn State’s Pro Day, which would be Carter’s last best chance to turn heads prior to April’s NFL Draft.
He did well, setting personal bests in the 40-yard dash (4.64) and vertical (35.5) while broad-jumping 10-2 and clocking a 4.39 pro agility drill. He also caught everything quarterback Christian Hackenberg fired at him.
“This day was huge for me,” Carter said. “No combine invite, so it was big for me to just come out for one day and prove a point to everybody, all the scouts. Run good, catch good — just do everything right. I felt like I did that.”
“This day was huge for me. No combine invite, so it was big for me to just come out for one day and prove a point to everybody, all the scouts. Run good, catch good — just do everything right. I felt like I did that.”
Carter measured in a 6-3¼, 243 pounds. As was the case at Penn State, he ran routes from the TE spot, the backfield, the slot and even split wide on Pro Day.
That fit in with his goal of “just being versatile and being consistent,” he said.
Pro Day was not only the last official on-campus workout for Carter, but also marked the official end the “Supa Six’s” long, productive tenure with the Nittany Lions. Back in 2012, Carter was part of a talented young group of Class of 2011 signees who stuck with the program through the Sandusky scandal and subsequent NCAA sanctions.
That crew included current NFL Pro Bowl WR Allen Robinson, 2015 NFL All-Rookie selections Adrian Amos (DB) and Donovan Smith (OT), defensive end Deion Barnes and running back Bill Belton.
Amos and Belton both exhausted their college eligibility following the 2014 season. Robinson, Smith and Barnes all made early exits to the NFL Draft.
That left Carter — who redshirted in 2011 — as the lone remaining member of the Supa Six.
“I definitely felt I had to represent for them,” he said on Pro Day. “They all hit me up this morning, wished me good luck.”