Kiper likes Carter, Klug for early impact

May, 5, 2011
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Looking for impact from players drafted in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds?

So is Mel Kiper.

Of the nine players he singles out here, two are from the AFC South.
Delone Carter, RB, Indianapolis Colts (Round 4, No. 22)

The impact: It's not a lock that Joseph Addai will return, and Carter could be a part of that equation. Carter isn't like Donald Brown. He's a powerful north-south runner who looks to explode through the first opening. At 225 pounds, he could emerge as a guy who gets a lot of carries if he gets off to a good start.

The hurdle: Obviously, there are other backs on the roster as of now, so there's no certainty that Carter will get an early chance. But Bill Polian had other needs, and he certainly didn't take Carter on a whim. Carter should compete for carries early.

Karl Klug, DL, Tennessee Titans (Round 5, No. 11)

The impact: Klug lacks top-level athleticism but makes up for it with a smart, versatile approach and a motor that coaches crave. He won't be in awe and should be able to stick and get some reps. At 275 pounds, he's not elite against the run, but he finds a way to disrupt.

The hurdle: The Titans drafted a defensive end in Round 1 last year [in Derrick Morgan], and it's a position they're open to improving by any means. Klug will have to beat out some other hungry players.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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