David Carter, DT, UCLA

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David Carter, DT, UCLA

Postby Pudge » Tue Jan 25, 2011 12:15 am

UCLA Senior
40: 4.95 (estimated)


Has a decent first step that is able to get some push and press the pocket. Has nice hand placmeent as a bull rusher. Shows some ability to get leverage vs. the run, and also does a decent job working down the line in pursuit.


Is not an impact pass rusher. Needs to get bigger and stronger, particularly in his lower body. Has trouble anchoring at the point of attack. Too easily redirected inside and gets pushed around at times.


Has a tall, leaner frame that hurts him as an interior run defender. But he has the frame and potential to project better as a 3-4 end rather than a 4-3 tackle. Only a one-year starter, tallying 41 tackles, 5 for loss, and 3.5 sacks this past year. His brother, Chris, is a draft prospect out of Fresno State.


Carter flashes tools worth developing as a 3-4 end. He has experience playing the nose at UCLA, but he's just too small to play that role at the next level. He'll be much better going up against tackles in a 5-technique than he will guards. He is probably a career backup that can help a rotation. But unless he can really develop his bull rush, and get better as a run defender, it's hard to see him sticking long-term and making an impact. But he's a guy that I would expect to at least get some looks on a team's practice squad as a rookie, and the potential to develop from there.


Carter would essentially just be a body for the Falcons. He probably needs to get up to around the 305-310 range to be an effective 4-3 tackle. And even then he'd be limited and it would be unlikely he could really force his way onto the Falcons roster because they will have quicker and/or thicker options with their current group.


A 3-4 team might take a chance on him late in the seventh round, but he's more in line with the talent that can be had in the undrafted market.

1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite

Strength: 2.5
Point of Attack: 2.0
Quickness: 2.5
Pass Rush: 2.0
Motor: 3.0
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