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Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A look at Bruce Carter

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

I haven't been linking to these enough, but the fellas over at ESPNDallas.com have been doing regular features on each of the Cowboys' 2011 draft picks. The most recent, from Todd Archer, is on second-round pick Bruce Carter, the linebacker out of North Carolina. Todd spoke with North Carolina coach Butch Davis, who compared Carter to Ken Norton due to his versatility. Here's what Davis said when Todd asked him if Carter could be strong enough at the point of attack to play in the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme:
"That will be a little different for him. I don’t think there’s anything he can’t master, but everybody coaches defense differently. I’m a disciple of the Jimmy Johnson deal and we always thought: Why get tied up when you can outrun 99 percent of them and go make a play. That’s what he was able to do for us. There’s going to be times he has to take on a tight end, a fullback and an offensive lineman. Yeah, he’s going to take them on, but he’s going to get off them and get his nose around the football a lot. We really try to predicate our scheme on making plays. I don’t know much about the Cowboys’ defensive scheme and what they do today, but I’ve got to believe he'll definitely be able to do that. "

It sounds as if the Cowboys like Carter enough as an athlete to believe they can fit him into their scheme, even if he might seem an imperfect fit as a speed 'backer in a 3-4. It's not a bad way to go if you like a player and believe him to be coachable, and it sounds as if Carter has a lot about him to like as a player. For me, if he can make a tackle, he's going to be an upgrade over anything I saw out of the Cowboys' defense in 2010.