NFL Draft 2011: If Healthy, Bruce Carter Could Become NFL Star
Bruce Carter Has Potential To Be Huge Steal In 2011 NFL Draft
The UNC outside linebacker is one of the most physically gifted players in this draft, but was injured late in his senior campaign.
However, he was not playing up to his ability with all the UNC players suspended to begin with and his high draft stock took a bit of hit before the injury came into play.
Carter is pure a playmaker though and can do a little bit of everything really well. He has great strength for a player his size and his speed and explosion rivaled that of Texas A&M’s Von Miller before the injury.
Carter is also a special teams dynamo and excels at blocking kicks.
I saw him live against Rutgers this year and his stat line read: seven tackles, one for loss, one interception (with a 55-yard return) and one blocked kick.
UNC won the game 17-13 in New Brunswick in large part to Carter’s play (albeit it was Rutgers).
His injury is a definite cause for concern but he reportedly got some good news as of late.
“NFL Network's Mike Mayock reports that North Carolina LB Bruce Carter (ACL surgery) is fully expected to get a clean bill of health during an upcoming visit with Dr. James Andrews … Mayock also called Carter a ‘top-15’ talent, and suggested he'd be an ideal fit for the Patriots as an inside linebacker.”
If healthy, I think Carter will be a steal somewhere in the second round.
We talked earlier about Akeem Ayers being the biggest steal, but if healthy, Carter could unseat him quickly.
The Patriots do not have a need for an inside linebacker this year but that gives the kind of scheme in which he could excel.
One team that has to be in the mix, especially in the middle portion of the second round, is the New York Giants, who have a glaring need for a playmaking linebacker in their front seven.
Other teams, such as Philadelphia, Tennessee, New Orleans, and Atlanta could all be interested as well.
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