2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina

by Cory J. Bonini on April 6, 2011 @ 16:14:37 PDT

 


North Carolina senior outside linebacker Bruce Carter is coming off major reconstructive knee surgery heading into the 2011 NFL Draft.

As a junior, Carter made 65 tackles, a sack and an interception, which he took to the house. Last year he made 57 stops, recorded 3.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.

Strengths

  • Impressive speed
  • Explosive hitter
  • Excellent on special teams at blocking kicks and punts
  • Player name
    Have to rely on the tape
    Sheds blockers well
  • Respectable in coverage
  • High motor
  • Fundamentally sound

Weaknesses

  • Hesitant locating the football
  • Overly aggressive reacting to plays and sometimes out of control
  • Recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered last December
  • Limited repertoire of pass-rushing moves

Expected draft placement

Carter could go in the second round, but his knee injury has prevented him from working out for any team. The third round is a safe projection for him, but the New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions and New Orleans Saints are all possible destinations for him. 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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