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NFL Draft results 2015: Alex Carter taken by Lions in 3rd round

The Detroit Lions landed Alex Carter in the third round of the NFL Draft.

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With the No. 80 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions selected cornerback Alex Carter of Stanford. Despite playing through a torn labrum in his final season with the Cardinal, Carter started all 13 games in 2014, recording 41 tackles and an interception with nine pass breakups. He was also named honorable mention All-Pac-12 for the third consecutive season.

Carter is one of the better zone corners in this year's draft, and one reason for his low interception totals is due to the fact that opposing quarterbacks avoided throwing his way. He also has good size and speed for a cornerback, with the physicality teams are after in today's NFL.

One of Carter's biggest issues is that he does have the tendency to get too physical, using his hands downfield. That will draw a penalty every time in the pros, but Carter has surely spent much of the pre-draft process convincing teams this won't be a problem at the next level.

Carter had a decent performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, with a 4.51-second 40-yard dash, a 7.05 second 3-cone drill and a 4.07-second 20-yard shuttle. The vertical jump is where he shined, with a 40-inch showing that ranked him in the top five among cornerbacks.