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New York Jets draft RB Michael Carter with No. 107 pick

UNC RB Michael Carter goes to the Jets with the 107th pick in the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Michael Carter #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels runs against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons during their game at Kenan Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

With the 107th pick overall, the Jets selected former North Carolina Tar Heels running back Michael Carter, adding a key piece to the position group. He made the most of his opportunities operating in an effective two-back system in college alongside Javonte Williams, which isn’t a bad thing as it limited his mileage as he heads into the NFL.

In 11 games in the 2020 season, Carter rushed for 1,245 yards on 156 attempts for eight yards per carry with nine touchdowns. He was also a key contributor as a pass catcher with 25 receptions for 267 yards and two touchdowns in addition to handling kickoff returns, which he excelled at in the 2019 season.

Scouting Report

Despite splitting carries, it’s pretty impressive Carter rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his final two college seasons and did not fumble once. That type of ball security is crucial at the professional level. Though he does not possess elite speed for the running back position, but he can get to full speed fairly quickly. Carter is very versatile as he can run, catch and can make a name for himself in the kick return game.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

The New York Jets finally addressed the running back position in Round 4 with the selection of Michael Carter. The 5-foot-7 running back is quick and played in a tremendous running-back-by-committee with Javonte Williams at UNC. He’ll be joining a crowded Jets’ backfield that features the likes of La’Mical Perine, Ty Johnson, Josh Adams, and Tevin Coleman. As of right now, he’s likely an RB3/FLEX play until we see how this backfield rounds out.

Long-term

Michael Carter has a ton of upside and could find himself as the team’s RB2 by the end of this upcoming season or in 2022. With his ability to be a factor in both the running and passing games, it makes him a desirable option in fantasy football.