He’s the belle of the ball right now. Teams mentioned to of be contenders to sign him when he becomes available include the Vikings, Colts, Browns, Panthers and Chiefs.
All 32 teams aren’t expressing an immediate front-of-the-line interest because, like his dad before him, Duron Carter has faced his share of incidents early on in his career.
He followed in his father’s footsteps to attend Ohio State, but the campus nightlife got him suspended from the team and he transferred to JUCO superpower Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. He got things right and was recruited to play for Alabama. Due to a transcript technicality, he wasn’t eligible to play in 2011 and, between then and the start of the 2012 season, he failed two drug tests for marijuana and never played for the Crimson Tide. He attempted to transfer to Florida Atlantic but was denied. His college career was done before it really had a chance to begin.
The parallels between their careers are striking. When Buddy Ryan cut C.C., it seemed like his career was over despite a wealth of talent. The Vikings took a chance on him. His son is coming off two productive seasons in the CFL and, like his dad, it would seem he’s driving on steady terrain after some serious bumps in the road.
It wasn’t an easy road. He made himself available for the 2013 draft and nobody took the bait. He didn’t even get a training camp offer. By all accounts, New Orleans hasn’t expressed any interest in bringing Carter back in for a second trip around. The Vikings have and are considered one of two front-runners, joining the Indianapolis Colts. Given his history as a kid growing up in the Metrodome, there may be some equity for the Vikings.
Reports surfaced this weekend that Carter may be leaning toward Indianapolis. The case can be made that it’s the logical decision. Andrew Luck is going to make a lot of receivers a lot of money over the duration of his career. Reggie Wayne is at the end of the line of a Hall of Fame career. Hakeem Nicks is a rental. That combination of factors could be telling.
But, with the emergence of Teddy Bridgewater, Carter’s hometown pull may come calling into play as an alternative. If nothing else, he would be a talented player for Chess Master Norv Turner to have in play on his board.
In the end, will Carter’s decision be a field-tilter? If genealogy means anything, it might.