Hometown: Paterson, NJ
High School: Passaic Tech
A promising senior prospect, Carter Warren boasts NFL power, movement skills, flexibility, length and technique; the NFL-ready pass protector must grow more technically consistent in the run game.
The notion that seniors are generally worse draft prospects than are underclassmen is unfounded. Carter Warren, a redshirt senior, has stood out at left tackle for the Panthers since seizing the starting job in 2019. An NFL-ready pass blocker, Pittsburgh’s blindside protector boasts impressive movement skills that allow him to get to space, climb, pull and reach block. He has the agility, change of direction and loose hips to easily mirror and hinge in his pass sets and at the second level. Further, Warren has the strength to anchor through contact to his frame; his flexibility and wide base enhance his power and balance. Moreover, he understands pad level and hand placement enough to gain leverage at contact. After his initial shot, the Panthers’ standout latches on with notable grip strength to sustain blocks. Once engaged, Warren uses leg drive to create space or close distance against defenders. The talented tackle complements his athletic profile with sound technique. In pass protection, he maintains a hard inside shoulder and boasts a strong power step to address inside moves. Warren also practices proper weight distribution as a pass blocker. What’s more, the Pittsburgh lineman keeps his feet active behind his punches. When he takes false steps, Warren extends a trail hand and uses his movement skills to recover. He has grown more capable of handling stunts with experience. Although the Panthers’ tackle is NFL-ready in many ways, he should not be seen as an immediate starter. The athletic lineman must work through certain technical shortcomings to reach his potential, as his movement will not save him in the league as often as it does at the college level. Warren’s false steps out of his stance or when biting on a defender’s fake limit his functional movement skills and reaction time. What’s more, Warren’s angles to engagement in the run game leave him in awkward situations. He struggles against quick opponents, especially when they attack the inside track. He occasionally takes poor angles in pass protection. Moreover, the talented lineman surrenders his chest too easily with late or sometimes looping punches. Similarly, Warren’s pad level rises at times to further invite defenders to his chest; this negatively impacts his anchor. Once the opposition lands hands, they displace him, stack him or window him. Likewise, players at the next level will manage distance with length and timing. Furthermore, Warren’s proper weight distribution disappears at times in his run blocking; the Pittsburgh standout bends at the waist, ducks his head into engagement and plays ahead of his center of gravity. Defenders take advantage of his momentum to redirect and replace him. Finally, Warren seems lost in space at times. One of the most impressive prospects on Pittsburgh’s roster, Carter Warren boasts NFL power, movement skills, flexibility and length. What’s more, he mostly practices sound technique to enhance his strengths. To reach his potential, the NFL-ready pass protector must learn to make his flashes of refined play in the run game into a consistent product. Nonetheless, Warren projects as an early reliable backup with high-level starting potential at tackle or guard.
Floor/Ceiling: Solid Backup / High-Level Starting Tackle
Scheme Fit: Zone Run Scheme
Grade: 3rd Round
Born in Paterson, New Jersey on January 19th, 1999 to parents Todd and Lynette Warren, Carter Saint Warren was a decorated offensive lineman at Passaic Tech. In his junior season, the talented tackle helped lead his run-first team to a 10-2 record and the North 1, Group 5 title. As a senior, Warren was a key component of an offensive line that paved the way for a staggering 185.8 rushing yards per game (2,229 total). Passaic Tech went 9-3 and reached its third consecutive North 1, Group 5 championship game. For his stellar performance, Warren was named first-team All-Group 5 and first-team All-New Jersey. The athletic lineman was a highly sought-after recruit following his high school career. 247Sports Composite Rankings listed him as the 454th-overall player in his class, the 48th-best offensive tackle in his year and the 9th-ranked recruit in the state of New Jersey. Warren chose to attend the University of Pittsburgh, directly contradicting most experts’ prediction that he would play for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Despite his athletic ability and potential, the New Jersey native was not an early-impact player for the Panthers. Warren redshirted his first year and did not play in 2018. In 2019, he was named first-string after an outstanding offseason. He started all thirteen games. In 2020, he continued his campaign as the team’s left tackle. He played in each of the team’s nine games and started the first eight. Warren is not the only accomplished football player in his family. He has two cousins who played Division 1 college football. Darnell Carter was a linebacker at the University of Virginia from 2006 to 2010; Keith Lumpkin was a Rutgers offensive lineman from 2011 to 2015. Warren has one sister and is an administration of justice major.
"Honestly, I want to show everybody that we can run the ball. Personally, you know, with the offense we had before prior, we primarily were passing the ball but I just want to show people that I can be physical, I can be dominant on the field when we're running that ball. That's what I'm looking forward to." -- Pittsburgh OL Carter Warren on what he hopes to prove