Former Syracuse University running back Delone Carter won a whole lot more than an offensive MVP award Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game. His 11-carry, 54-yard performance in the all-star showcase in front of NFL scouts and general managers likely improved his 2011 NFL Draft stock significantly, and earned him a few million extra dollars.
Here is CBS Sports draft expert Rob Rang discussing the impact of Carter's effort on Saturday.
There were some impressive performances from running backs on Saturday, but none trumped Carter's effort. At only 5-feet-9, one might expect his burst and agility to be his forte. True enough, Carter proved elusive and a quick accelerator Saturday. More impressive, however, was how Carter carried his 226-pound frame. He showcased explosive running, broke tackles and towed defenders for extra yardage. Carter led all rushers with 11 attempts for 54 yards, including a 16-yard scamper around right end for the game's opening touchdown.
NEPatriotsDraft.com said Carter "showed some good burst, vision, and a low center of gravity."
Carter's impressive East-West Shrine Game effort follows his 199-yard performance for Syracuse in the Pinstripe Bowl against Kansas State, a 36-34 Orange victory in which he was also named MVP.
Carter is currently considered a mid-round draft pick. He ended his Syracuse career with 3,104 yards rushing on 646 carries, 4.8 yards per carry. Syracuse linebacker Doug Hogue and center Ryan Bartholomew also played in the game.