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Top 5 things to know about new Bills DT DeWayne Carter

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1 — Duke's first-ever three-time captain

Carter holds a unique place in Duke football history as he's the program's first player to be named a team captain in three consecutive seasons (2021-23).

Through five seasons at Duke, Carter developed a reputation for his strong work ethic and ability to contribute impact plays. He was the recipient of the program's Carmen Falcone Team Most Valuable Player Award and Defensive MVP honor in 2023.

2 — Strong academic background

The ACC gave Carter the top senior student-athlete award in 2023, known as the Jim Tatum Award. He also was a two-time Academic All-ACC honoree.

At Duke, Carter minored in theater, saying it helped develop his interview skills.

"It was for me to branch out and use college for everything it had," Carter told Mark Gaughan of The Buffalo News. "I figured it would help with interviews and being in front of a camera."

3 — Senior Bowl riser

Carter was one of many players who improved his draft stock at the Reese's Senior Bowl. Reporters at practices in Mobile, Alabama praised his ability to win his one-on-one matchups.

4 — Football family

Carter comes from a long line of football players, beginning with his grandfather Ray, who played running back at Youngstown State. Ray was elected to the YSU Hall of Fame in 1997.

Carter's father and two uncles played college football. His father was a wide receiver at Ohio State, and his uncles Raymond and John played at Notre Dame and Western Kentucky, respectively.

Carter was a multi-sport athlete in high school, earning first-team All-District honors for as a catcher and first basemen for his high school baseball team.

On the football side, Carter won a state championship as a junior and was named the Metro Defensive Player of the Year and earned All-State, All-District and All-Conference honors in his senior season.

5 — NFL analysts believe he will have value at the next level

Two NFL Draft analysts think Carter can develop into an impact player.

"He is smart, strong and very active. He might never be a full-time starter, but he will give a team value as a rotational three-technique (even fronts) or five-technique"While he doesn't have jarring rush production, he might be a more talented pass rusher than run defender on the pro level, thanks to his bull rush and lateral quickness. Carter has the ability to become a good rotational piece in a 4-3 scheme," NFL Network Draft analyst Lance Zierlein wrote.

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