2011 NFL Draft: How Badly Would Atlanta Falcons Want Bruce Carter?
Atlanta Falcons Draft: Is linebacker a second-round concern?
The Atlanta Falcons are expected to draft a linebacker at some point in the 2011 NFL Draft. How soon they will do so, however, remains to be seen.Mike Peterson is winding down his career and his replacement needs to be found. Stephen Nicholas will test the free agent market and likely cash in doing so.
In all of this, North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.
Carter received some good news about his torn ACL, reports Jason La Canfora of NFL Network. The renowned Dr. James Andrews cleared Carter for pre-draft workouts after the November injury has left him out of participation.
He's a second-round talent, at worst, in most scouts' eyes. The Falcons wouldn't be scorned for taking him 27th overall and would be lauded for stealing him at 59th overall. If Carter works out before the draft, it could make things very interesting.
Da'Quan Bowers came back from injury, worked out and plummeted down draft boards. Carter needs to weight the risk-reward. He could lodge himself into the first round or slide to the late stages of the second depending on how things go.
The Falcons would benefit greatly if he slid. But they would still have to decide whether they want an outside linebacker or a wide receiver more.
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