Delone Carter is the type of player that’s en vogue in the NFL right now.
A compact running back out of Syracuse, Carter is a change-of-pace type with above-average skills as a receiver out of the backfield.
Carter was one of 15 NFL hopefuls on display at Syracuse’s March 23 pro day. Representatives from 26 teams attended the event, held indoors on FieldTurf.
Carter (5-8 5/8, 224) ran 40 times of 4.50 and 4.46 and posted a 10-1 broad jump. He stood on his NFL Scouting Combine times in the vertical leap and three-cone drill. He also took part in positional drills. He will find a home somewhere on draft day, likely somewhere in the fourth or fifth round.
Another member of the Orange likely to have his name called on draft day is Doug Hogue, another combine participant. Hogue (6-2 1/2, 237) ran 40 times of 4.61 and 4.63 and stood on his combine numbers otherwise. Hogue is a possible late third- or fourth-round pick.
Both Hogue and Smith worked out for the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles a week after their pro day.
Other notables from Syracuse’s pro day included:
LB Darrell Smith — Smith (6-0, 244) was another combine participant, but he worked out fully at the pro day. He posted 40 times of 4.76 and 4.82, a 33 1/2 vertical, 9-6 broad jump, 4.38 short shuttle, and 7.45 in the three-cone drill, with 17 strength lifts.
CB Da’Mon Merkerson — Merkerson (6-0 1/4, 191) ran 40 times of 4.53 and 4.52, posted a 30-inch vertical, 10-2 broad jump, 4.10 short shuttle, and 6.93 in the three-cone drill, with six strength lifts.
C Ryan Bartholomew — Bartholomew (6-0 1/8, 293) is below average in height for the average NFL center, but has skill. He took part in the combine, but posted new numbers at the pro day in the vertical leap (29 inches) and broad jump (8-3).