Monday, April 18, 2011
Markell Carter making NFC South rounds
By Pat Yasinskas
It looks like Central Arkansas linebacker/defensive end Markell Carter is the flavor of (at least the early part of) the week in the NFC South.
Carter reportedly is visiting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers today and the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday. Makes sense because both teams are in the market to bolster their pass rush and the fact the Bucs and Falcons are looking at Carter means they’re looking at contingency plans.
Carter isn’t viewed as first-round pick by most draft experts. But the Bucs, who have the No. 20 pick, and the Falcons, who pick at No. 27, might not be able to find the pass rusher they want in the first round. They may have to look in other directions and come back to pass rushers later.
Carter played his college career at about 250 pounds and would have to bulk up considerably to be an every-down defensive end. But he could be used as a situational pass rusher. The Bucs also have been looking at some outside linebackers and previously had UCLA’s Akeem Ayers in for a visit. Carter might not be quick enough to excel at linebacker in the NFL.
Carter may sound like the classic “tweener." But that might not be a bad label to have. Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris is big on versatility and could be intrigued by a guy who can rush the passer at times and drop into coverage at other times.