Tank Carder to Bills: Video Highlights, Scouting Report and Analysis

David LevinSenior Writer IIApril 28, 2012

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Scott Tolzien #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers is sacked by linebacker Tank Carder #43 of the TCU Horned Frogs during the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Tank Carter, an inside linebacker from Texas Christian, is one of the reasons the Horned Frogs have been in the national spotlight of late.

According to sidelinescouting.com, Carder was a CBSSports.com Second-Team All-American, received third-team All-America honors from the Associated Press and was a fourth-team selection by Phil Steele Publications.

He started all 13 games in 2011 for TCU and totaled 70 tackles, including 4.5 for loss. The 70 stops were just two behind Kenny Cain for the team lead and gave him 228 career tackles.

Not bad for a guy who is 6'2" and 236 pounds.

And while he can hit and punish runners and receivers, he proved to be pretty adept at intercepting passes. Carder returned three interceptions for scores (a record for the school) in his college career.

Here is an excerpt from what sidelinesports.com has to say about Carder with regard to this year's draft.

Positives: Non-stop motor; seems to never get tired and will always be around the football. Very good short area quickness; is up there with any linebacker in his first two steps.

Negatives: He really needs to get into the weight room and get stronger if he wants to hold up for the grind that is the NFL season. His aggressiveness can be a problem because he has a tendency to overrun plays. 

Expect special-teams contributions early and more later, after he gets some NFL weight training in. 

Pick Analysis:

The Bills grab themselves a high energy player with the 147th pick overall. Mike Mayock described him as a "coach on the field." There are some injury concerns, but at the very least, he'll be an immediate special teams star.