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Chris Carter (DL)
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Selected by: Pittsburgh Steelers
Round: 5
Pick (Overall): 31 (162)

Pick Analysis: He is a versatile rush linebacker with speed and athleticism. The Steelers will hope that he can thrive as a special teamer while being groomed for a future role as a rusher in their lineup.
Combine Stats
  • Bench Press27.0 reps
  • Broad Jump114.0 inch
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.34 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Carter is a college defensive end who could find a home as a backup 4-3 outside linebacker at the next level. Lacks the size and strength to keep his hand down full-time but also limited athletically. Has some redeeming qualities - shows awareness at DE that looks transferable to OLB and special teams, is accountable for his responsibilities within your defensive system, can fire off the ball and rush the passer, and does a good job tackling in tight areas. However, he isn't overly stout taking on blockers, struggles to shed, and does not project to hold up dropping into coverage. Probable rookie free agent.


Strengths

Carter has good size as a projected 4-3 outside linebacker. Locates the football in a hurry. Maintains outside contain and not fooled by misdirection. Disciplined player. Good tackler in the box. Takes direct paths to the ball-carrier. Flashes the ability to rush the passer off the edge.

Weaknesses

Does not have the size to stick at defensive end in the NFL. As a linebacker prospect, lacks athleticism to play out in space or in zone coverage. Likely to be a mismatch in man coverage. Doesn't play with much power at the point of attack. Takes too long to disengage from blockers.

Grade

6.0

 

Video Playlist

  1. 2011 combine workout: Chris Carter

    Published: March 9, 2011 at 08:44 p.m.

    Watch Fresno State DE Chris Carter compete at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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