Bruce Carter: OLB, North Carolina

Bruce Carter was supposed to be among a possible 3-5 first round draft choices selected in the 2011 draft from the Tar Heels, but suspension and injury sabotaged the possibility.  Carter wasn't among the suspended Tar Heels. His decision to return to North Carolina for a final year instead of entering the NFL draft was said to be about obtaining a degree, but a 10 win season appeared a given before the mass suspensions for contact with an agent.

Bruce Feldman (ESPN the magazine senior writer, blogs the annual "Freaks" list =  top 10  workout warriors) named North Carolina linebacker Bruce Carter his No. 1 strength and conditioning "freak." Listed at 6-3, 235, reportedly has been timed at 4.39 in the 40-yard dash, and owning a 40.5-inch vertical jump and a 440-pound max bench press, 605-pound squat and a power-clean of 374 pounds.  

Intro (From CBS Sports):

Carter was a highly-touted prep athlete who gained most of his attention starring at quarterback and running back, as well as safety.  However, when he arrived at North Carolina he ended up changing to outside linebacker.A four year starter, Carter earned the starting outside linebacker position the sixth game of his freshman season.

Carter entered the 2010 season among the highest-touted prospects in the country. Unfortunately, a disappointing senior season and late knee injury that required surgery now cloud his draft status. ...Underwent ACL reconstruction surgery on his left knee on Dec. 14, 2010 and may not be available to work out for scouts before the draft.

Listed as the number 4 OLB by NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock here they are 

Led the country (in 2008) with five blocked kicks, including four punts. Blocked eight kicks for his career.

Positives:  (from Sideline Scouting):

Good speed... Has good strength for his size, but could stand to add a little weight to frame... Excellent special teams performer... Has a lot of experience dropping into zone coverage... is always quick to get to the ball in the air... Very sound mentally and is an overall fundamental player who rarely makes a big mistake... Hard worker with a lot of potential, always working to improve his game.

Negatives ( from ):

Struggles once blocks are engaged... Takes too much time reacting and not enough time anticipating play... Not as dynamic in zone coverage as his speed suggests... Tackles at legs, but doesn't drive through ball... Not enough tackles... Had reconstructive surgery to repair a torn ACL in mid-December, will likely not be available for the combine or North Carolina's pro day....Between rehab and predicted weight gain, athleticism might be sacrificed

From Russ Lande (Sporting News):

He is very muscular and well-built -- especially his legs -- and has excellent athleticism. Carter (6-3, 230) does not always jump off film because he does not make a lot of game-changing plays behind the line. But he has impressed scouts with his consistent production, position versatility and combination of size, strength, speed and intelligence.

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Summary (From the National Football Post):

One of the more gifted athletes, who has the makings of a starting weakside backer in the NFL.  Possesses a long, athletic-looking frame and is at his best when asked to click and close and make plays in pursuit. Showcases great explosion once he locates the football and quickly is able to get from point A to point B. Exhibits impressive length and range when asked to break down and wrap up on contact. ...

The biggest knock on him is his inability to quickly react to the football. Isn't real instinctive, which could end up holding him back from ever becoming a real impact player at the next level.   However, his tore his ACL makes him a major medical risk.

Projected Round - 2nd-3rd round

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