Martayveus Carter

AFC West Notes: Raiders, Mack, Chargers

Could taxes play a big role in Khalil Mack‘s approach to negotiations with the Raiders? The standout defensive end is looking for a new multi-year deal, but he may favor a contract with significant guarantees that kick in after the Raiders relocate to Las Vegas, as Mike Florio of PFT points out.

California has the nation’s highest income tax rate at 13.3% while Nevada is one of the few states with no income tax. Mack may want to push a lot of his guaranteed cash to 2020 and beyond, but the Raiders may be wary about having guarantees on the books years in advance.

The Raiders have yet to make an offer to Mack, so there’s no real end in sight for his training camp holdout.

Here’s more from the AFC West:

Chiefs To Work Out Martayveus Carter

The Chiefs will audition running back Martayveus Carter on Thursday, according to Terez A. Paylor of Yahoo Sports (on Twitter). The Grand Valley State product entered the supplemental draft, but was not selected on July 11.

Carter was the only offensive player eligible for the July draft this year. Cornerbacks Sam Beal (Giants) and Adonis Alexander (Redskins) were selected while defensive back Brandon Bryant, linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu, and Carter were not. Bryant has since signed with the Jets.

In 2016, Carter finished fifth in voting for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the most valuable player in Division II football. In that season, Carter ran for 1,908 yards and 20 touchdowns, but he had just 957 yards and nine touchdowns last season. Scouts feel that Carter might not have the bulk to succeed at the next level, but he’s out to prove them wrong.

The Chiefs project to start Kareem Hunt at running back with Spencer Ware, Kerwynn Williams, Damien Williams, and Charcandrick West in support. They seem more than set at the position, but it doesn’t hurt to kick the tires on a player when rosters allow for 90 players.

Albert Breer On NFL Supplemental Draft

This year’s supplemental draft figures to be the most exciting in years. Those who have been keeping up with Pro Football Rumors in recent weeks are already familiar with Sam Beal, the former Western Michigan cornerback who many say could have been a first-round pick in the 2019 draft. Besides Beal, there’s also former Virginia Tech cornerback Adonis Alexander to consider, a player with tremendous measurables and real NFL upside.

There are others in this year’s class, but Albert Breer of The MMQB hears that Beal and Alexander may wind up as the only players selected. That’s bad news for Mississippi State safety Brandon Bryant, who recently drew 40 scouts to his pro day.

He’s a nightmare discipline-wise,” one AFC college director said. “Very unreliable, plays outside the scheme, not reliable in coverage, his eyes are all over the place. Just can’t trust him. He’s physical and quick and fast. Should he be draftable? Sure. But with all the other stuff …

The odds seem even dimmer for Oregon State linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu and Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter. Although he has some starting experience in college, Ugwoegbu has the size of the safety and clocked in at his pro day with the speed of a defensive tackle. Carter’s size is also working against him as evaluators feel he does not have the necessary bulk to break tackles and run inside at the pro level.

So, while Bryant, Ugwoegbu, and Carter may have a hard time convincing teams to forfeit a 2019 draft pick for them, it sounds like Beal and Alexander are very much on the radar. Beal may have some maturity issues, but that shouldn’t prevent him from finding an NFL home on July 11.

He’s the more talented cover guy [compared to Alexander],” said an AFC scouting director. “A pure cover guy, fits a lot of schemes. He’s a skinny dude, and even though he presses well, you look at his body, how well does he project? … He’s not a bad guy, just kind of a knucklehead. The kind who’ll wear the wrong color socks or miss curfew or have 25 parking tickets and not pay them off.”

Meanwhile, Breer hears that Alexander’s size could make him a fit for the Seahawks. His 40-yard-dash time at his pro day might not have helped him, as he clocked in at 4.50 seconds on one run and 4.60 on another.

If he’d run faster, I wouldn’t have been shocked to see him in the second or third round,” said an NFC exec. “I think the absolute highest he’d go now is third round. He’s so big and long.”

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RB Martayveus Carter Eligible For Supplemental Draft

Add the supplemental draft contingent to five. Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter will be part of the prospect pool available July 11 for the supplemental draft, Gil Brandt of NFL.com reports (on Twitter).

Carter is the only offensive player eligible for the July draft thus far. He joins defensive backs Adonis Alexander, Sam Beal and Brandon Bryant, along with linebacker Bright Ugwoegbu.

With the Lakers in 2016, Carter led Division II in rushing touchdowns with 20 and amassed 1,908 rushing yards. He finished fifth in the voting for the Harlon Hill Award, which is D-II’s Heisman equivalent, and was D2Football.com’s offensive player of the year. Last season as a junior, Carter played in nine games and rushed for 957 yards (7.6 per carry).

Carter will not participate in a pro day, Brandt tweets.