Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dale Carter has both a son and a nephew in the draft class for this year’s NFL Draft.
Few things can make you feel older than following sports timelines and realizing how much time has passed since some of your own favorite players have played. Even worse is realizing that those players now have offspring of their own ready to play in the National Football League.
Former Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Dale Carter was a Pro Bowl performer for several years and enjoyed an incredibly long and productive career at the highest level. These days, two specific prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft class are hoping those bloodlines come in handy at the next level as both Carter’s son, Nigel Warrior, and nephew, J.R. Reed, await draft weekend.
Carter was the first round pick in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Chiefs at No. 20 overall and went on to play for the team for seven seasons. He had an incredible 21 interceptions in that span, which ranks No. 15 on the team’s all time list. Carter also made the Pro Bowl in four consecutive seasons from 1994-97.
Carter would go on to sign a big contract with the Denver Broncos and then spent more time with the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. In total, he spent 12 seasons in the NFL and missed another two years due to suspension and injury. He played as recently as 2005, at the age of 36, as a rotational corner for the Ravens.
Nigel Warrior is Carter’s son who has been a standout in the secondary for the Tennessee Volunteers. As a three-year starter at safety, Warrior racked up tackles for the Vols with 229 total in his collegiate career. He had 4 interceptions and 7 batted passes in a breakout senior season and is generally projected as a Day 3 pick.
Carter’s nephew, J.R. Reed, is a product from Georgia who has higher draft stock than his cousin. A strong run defender at safety, Reed should find a home as a Dan Sorensen type at the next level. He had 54 tackles, 7 passes defended, 1 interception and 1 forced fumble last season for the Bulldogs.