The NFL Draft is here again.
Excitement fills the air for fans, team executives and the player prospects themselves as their lives will change with one utterance of their name on national TV.
One of those college prospects is former CSU Ram running back Raymond Carter.
After transferring from UCLA in 2008, Carter played his way into the starting spot for the Rams, carrying the ball with a tough determination.
He racked up 819 yards rushing at Colorado State, with five touchdowns on the ground and another 301 yards and four scores through the air.
The 6’1” 215 pound back is the type to get better as the game goes on, going over 100 yards rushing with two touchdowns twice last season, only after getting 18-plus carries in those games.
Carter’s greatest game came in September of 2010, when the then-junior not only ran for 104 yards and a score, but he caught four passes for another 120 yards with two touchdowns through the air as well. He became only the second player in Colorado State history to both rush and receive for 100-plus yards in a game and he played a vital role the Rams win that day.
He’s a versatile running back, with the ability to bruise defenders up the middle, or run away from them and down the sideline for a score. But he’s also got great hands, something that will benefit Carter at the professional level.
Since leaving CSU, Carter’s been training four times a week, first preparing for his Pro Day and now for an NFL career.
During that Pro Day that attracted a number of pro scouts, he ran a 4.4 40 yard dash and put up 26 reps on the bench, which would have ranked him second among running backs if he were invited to the NFL Combine.
“I didn’t stress over it because I put the work in for it,” Carter explained of his Pro Day. “When I went in there, I went in there confident. I just treated it as another day of training.”
His relaxed attitude paid off and Carter certainly impressed many scouts that day.
“The scouts look at everything you do,” he said. “It’s not just a numbers game and focused on stats. And if those guys think I have potential to play at the next level they’ll take a chance on me. And a lot of scouts believe that I have the potential, my size, they think I have good measurements to play at the next level, in the league.”
Carter explained that multiple teams have contacted him since his Pro Day, projecting him as a late-round pick or possibly an undrafted free agent.
One of those teams is the Denver Broncos, who Carter says told him they would have him play both offense and special teams.
“I loved Colorado when I came to CSU, coming from LA, and it would feel good to come back to Colorado and play professionally,” the 23-year old said. “I grew up watching the Broncos, especially when Terrell Davis was there. He was one of my favorite all-time running backs.
“They’re just trying to bring in guys that are ready to win a championship.”
Although, Carter said he’s not relying on the Broncos selecting him, knowing that a number of scenarios could play out for the team and their draft board.
If Denver doesn’t draft him he’s confident he’ll be playing in the league somewhere.
“I know I’ll be picked up somewhere. I know I’ll be in somebody’s camp,” he proclaimed. “A lot of teams project me as a late-rounder. At the same time, I don’t want to get happy about that. At the end of the day I’m going to keep working hard to get to where I want to go.
“And when I get my opportunity I’m going to take advantage of it to try to stay on the team and try to make an impact.”
Rich Kurtzman is a freelance journalist actively seeking a career in journalism. Along with being your CSU Rams Examiner, Kurtzman is also the Denver Broncos Examiner and writes for Blake Street Bulletin, Stadium Journey, Bleacher Report, and Mile High Hoops.
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