The Giants have signed third-round (66th overall) pick Lorenzo Carter to a four-year deal with $1.049 million guaranteed, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.
Carter will earn $480,000 in 2018, followed by $665,000 in 2019, $851,000 in 2020, and $1.036 million in 2021.
Carter attended Georgia for four seasons, where he totaled 166 tackles (21.5 for loss) and 14 sacks. His senior season was his best year in college, with 62 combined tackles (8.5 for loss), 4.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries.
His selection added depth to a Giants linebacking corps that had already added Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin this offseason.
And Giants GM Dave Gettleman said after the Draft that he is hoping Carter's 6-foot-5 frame will work well in defensive coordinator James Bettcher's 3-4 scheme as an edge rusher.
"Lorenzo Carter is an edge pass rusher," Gettleman said. "He's a solid run player...he's going to give us flexibility."
Carter reiterated Gettleman's thoughts about his pass-rushing abilities.
"I feel like I'm an elite pass rusher," Carter told NFL Network's Kim Jones after the Giants selected him. "Gotta go out there and show it. Look forward to doing that. ... "I'm comfortable in any defense. I'm just looking forward to getting there and getting the playbook."
Gettleman admitted he tried to trade up to get Carter when he saw him fall. Carter was scouted by some as a late first-round or second-round selection.
But all the Giants had to do was wait.
"We tried to trade up for Lorenzo Carter," he said. "Thank god we didn't have to."
Head coach Pat Shurmur said "Lorenzo Carter played his best football in his biggest games. That's what really showed up."