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Film Breakdown: What Third-Round Pick Zachary Carter Brings to Bengals' Defense

Cincinnati took Carter with the 95th overall pick in last month's NFL Draft.

The Bengals took Zachary Carter in the third-round (95th overall) in the 2022 NFL Draft. 

He was a 4-star defensive end recruit from the state of Florida that went on to play for the Gators at the University of Florida. The 23-year-old started his collegiate career as a redshirt, before becoming a 4-year contributor for the Gators. 

In his redshirt freshman season, he blocked a kick. In his sophomore season, he compiled 4.5 sacks. Then his junior season he led the team in sacks (5) and tackles for a loss (9.5). His senior year was  by far his best campaign. Carter had eight sacks during his final season at Florida. 

This shows positive growth from year-to-year, while also showing that even though he’s an older prospect, he produced at a young age. He’s a strong defensive end/defensive tackle hybrid who could contribute right away for the Bengals. Let’s dive into the film and see who he is as a player.

Florida Gators defensive lineman Zachary Carter (6) walks into the stadium during a football game between the Florida Gators and the Vanderbilt Commodores at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. October 9, 2021. Flagi 100921 Gatorsvandyfb 46
Sep 18, 2021; Gainesville, Florida, USA; Florida Gators defensive lineman Zachary Carter (6) celebrates against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida defensive lineman Zach Carter (DL03) during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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