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Bruce Carter (LB)
  • Height:
  • Weight:
    241 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    32 5/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/4 in.
  • College:
    North Carolina
  • Conference:
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Selected by: Dallas Cowboys
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 8 (40)

Pick Analysis: Owner Jerry Jones picks up one of the steals of the draft with the addition of Carter. He is a freakish athlete with outstanding speed, quickness and explosiveness. He could play inside at the weak inside linebacker position and add playmaking as a core special teamer on their kicking units.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash- -
  • Bench Press25.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump- -
  • Broad Jump- -
  • 3 Cone Drill- -
  • 20 Yard Shuttle- -
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -


Carter is an excellent athlete, but he tore his ACL in November and has a long road to recovery. He is an explosive athlete that takes proper angles in run support and has excellent speed to make plays from sideline-to-sideline. He is a very fluid, transitions with ease and is very effective dropping into coverage. He struggles to disengage from bigger blockers in and must add more bulk to become stouter against the run. If Carter recovers fully from his injury, he has the athleticism to develop into a very productive weak side linebacker and may still be an early Day 2 pick.


Carter is a tall muscular player that runs very well. Flashes great explosiveness at the point of attack and has the closing burst to make plays in the backfield. Drops smoothly in coverage and possesses the fluidity to stick with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Very disciplined player that maintains leverage and does not bite on play fakes.


Lacks the bulk to consistently take on blocks and struggles to disengage. Possesses less than ideal instincts and is a step slow reacting to the play. Not overly aggressive and waits for the play to come to him at times. Does not have a repertoire of counter moves when pass rushing and is too easily stymied.




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  1. Cowboys pick Bruce Carter No. 40

    Published: April 29, 2011 at 06:56 p.m.

    Former Cowboys DE Charles Haley announces North Carolina LB Bruce Carter as the Cowboys' selection with the 40th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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