Carter Warren, 4.29 (2023 NFL Draft Round Four)
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Brian Costello, New York Post: What does it mean for a kid from Paterson to get drafted by the Jets?
It’s huge. Growing up watching the Jets, I’m about 20 minutes away from the facility. I played at MetLife (Stadium) growing up, so it’s a pretty cool experience to get this opportunity.
Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: What type of player are the Jets getting with you?
They’re getting a physical, dominant player who is great with his hands, is smart, great football IQ and he is ready to work, a hard worker, (the) hardest worker in the room and he’s ready to go to work.
Antwan Staley, New York Daily News: I know you suffered a meniscus injury, are you totally healthy now?
Yes sir, I’m 100%. I’m ready to go.
Zack Rosenblatt, The Athletic: Carter, you were at the local pro day and I see you got a chance to practice in front of the Jets, what was that experience like and how did you feel like you did that day? Did you feel like maybe the Jets were going to pick you after you went there?
I feel like I did really good. (I) had a great workout, (and) was able to meet with a bunch of coaches and get to see the facility and meet a lot of the players. It was really good to get a good feel for the facility.
Al Iannazzone, Newsday: Carter, growing up here, were you a Jets fan?
Yes, I was a Jets fan, yes sir. Growing up, it was always cool to go to the stadium, catch a game here and there.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Carter, did you have any favorite players from the Jets?
Nobody in particular, not at all. I always liked watching.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: When you said you played at MetLife, was that a state championship or something like that?
Yes sir. I played at Passaic County Technical Institute. We went back-to-back in the championship, played there a bunch of times. Yes sir, state champs.
Rich Cimini, ESPN: Can you describe, you were at Pitt for six years, correct?
(follow up) Can you describe your journey? A lot of guys nowadays only stay three years in school, so what led you to stay at Pitt for six?
Growing up only a couple minutes from New York City, so when I got to Pittsburgh, it was the closest thing from home, city life. When I got there, I spent two years on scout team, I worked my tail off to get to where I am. My third year comes around and I’m finally a starter, and I’ve been a four-year starter ever since. It came with a lot of hard work and a lot of effort to get to where I am today.
Brian Costello, New York Post: Are you at home now, Carter?
Yes sir, I’m home with my family. Very exciting moment for me.
(follow up) So, what was that like when that phone rang?
It was crazy. (A) New Jersey number came (up on my phone); I saw the Jets were up next. I was crying, my family was so happy, they didn’t know what was going on. I was ecstatic, I was just highly blessed. I’ll tell you that.
Brian Costello, New York Post: I’m sure you’ve seen the news lately that the Jets have a new quarterback. What do you think it will be like playing with a guy who you probably played with on Madden and you’ve watched growing up?
Definitely, it’s going to be a cool experience. I know he’s all about ball and business, and I’m the same. I’m ready to go to work. Whatever he needs from us, whether that be extra film work, on the field, off the field, I’m here to do it. Ready to get going.
Andy Vasquez, NJ Advance Media: How does that work when you’re so close? Are you going to go over to the facility after this?
I don’t know, if they give me the call, if they want me to. Maybe I’ll celebrate today with my family first.