Seems like a foreign concept to think Bobby Carpenter may play a major role in deciding anything as it relates to football. However, the former first round Ohio State linebacker will be entering into his fourth year and could play a key factor in salvaging the Cowboys' bleak 2006 draft class.
After three straight nondescript years of preseason games and a smattering of regular season appearances, it’s apparent that Carpenter lacks instincts and arguably more important, the aggression to be a successful linebacker in the league.
As so infamously highlighted on HBO's Hard Knocks this season, his teammates and in particular the offensive line, don't have much respect for Carpenter's finessed game.
Some fans have argued that he hasn't been given a solid role, nor a legitimate opportunity to show his worth on the field. The obvious counter-point to that is that he simply has to show something to get on the field. Cowboy owner, Jerry Jones, has said as much during Carpenter's rookie season.
It remains to be seen if the Cowboys decide to retain the services of Carpenter. He's been rumored to be trade bait for the past two seasons with an obvious connection to the Miami Dolphins, where at least the team's executive vice president, Bill Parcells, the man who originally drafted Carpenter found Carpenter, might find him redeemable.
Any scenario involving Carpenter riding the bench or playing for another team would put the final nail in the coffin for the Cowboys' 2006 draft.
1st rnd. Bob Carpenter (Has made no impact as a linebacker; little more than a special teams contributor at this point.)
2nd rnd. Anthony Fasano (Middle-tier talent taken at least a round too early; now with the Dolphins)
3rd rnd. Jason Hatcher (Part-time contributor in pass-rush role, run defense leaves something to be desired; an improving player)
4th rnd. Skyler Green (Last time I checked he was with the Bengals)
5th rnd. Pat Watkins (Solid special teams player, but has yet to prove he can stay healthy or contribute with the regular defense)
6th rnd. Montavious Stanley (He’s on his 3rd or 4th team now; camp body)
7th rnd. Pat McQuistan (Really an unknown at this point; Parcells seemed to like the player, but a make or break season for him as well)
7th rnd. E.J. Whitley (Released after one season; suffered a knee injury and has yet to step on to an NFL field.)