Re: The Patriots just drafted your OLB at 194!
posted at 5/16/2011 1:04 PM EDT
In Response to Re: The Patriots just drafted your OLB at 194!
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: The Patriots just drafted your OLB at 194! : You really think he's got those skills? I don't see it, yet I'm just watching youtube stuff. If he's a project that is worth keeping around, he'll get a tap on the shoulder in late August and be told he has a severe ankle injury and will be soon placed on the IR...or pup. Works like a charm for us every year. I remember Neal's first training camp with us; he was tall, huge and very very fast and athletic. They had him playing defensive line at first and he didn't look out of place, even standing next to Seymore (athletically at least). He was a project worth keeping around.
Posted by mthurl[/QUOTE]
Despite being ranked a four-star high school recruit (at 215 pounds), Carter ended up at Division II Central Arkansas. He chose UCA over Oklahoma State and Tulsa to get away from home for life experience, and Carter's length and quickness could allow him to move on again - to an NFL city.
His high ranking didn't get him starts early (16 tackles, sack, interception in 2007; 18 tackles, 4.5 for loss, 3.5 sacks in 2008), though he played on a national championship team as a sophomore. In 2009, he got his chance to shine more regularly, earning second-team All-Southland Conference accolades with 47 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks). His production ramped up as a senior, with coaches naming him first-team all-conference in 2010 (62 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three forced fumbles.)
While Carter could still add weight, his quickness off the snap, 34-inch arms and athleticism give him a shot as a situational passrusher in either a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. Teams may look to grab him up in the late rounds to ensure they can secure his services.
Positives: Prototypical height and length off the edge. Nice initial quickness and good closing speed when free to the quarterback or ballcarrier. Plays with strong hands and can get leverage to hold the edge against the run. Stays home against misdirection. Ballcarriers did not elude his grasp in space; he often threw them to the ground like rag dolls. Worked at five-technique at times, and played strong when head-up on tackles. Gets down the line quickly to chase plays. Working to finish his degree in May.
Negatives: Needs to get a bit stronger via a pro strength and conditioning program. Does not time the snap consistently, and stands up too quickly at times. Better straight-line athlete, lacks elite lateral agility. Needs work on spin and other counter pass-rush moves, will not bull rush or rip off pro tackles as he did in college. Does not get to plays when chasing as often as scouts would like. Not a dominant pass rusher at a lower level of competition. Played on special teams, though he fails to break down quickly when approaching returners.
I see 34 inch arms from NFLDraftScout.com. I read "nice initial quickness" at the CBS site. Arms and explosion can't be taught. I see a report from NFLDraftScout that the kid had a hamstring injury at his pro day, so maybe his 40 times in Central Arkansas won't be his 40 times in August or later. I see a potential project from a tiny school.
Bonuses, "he often threw them to the ground like rag dolls." How can BB not like this? Also, he's reportedly a tweener and BB likes them more than most coaches.