Chris Carter - Fresno St. (HT: 6-1⅛ - WT: 245) Combine 40: N/A - Pro Day 40: N/A - Position Rank: 10 of 30
Positives: Good size for the position, has enough bulk to play in multiple schemes, but predominantly as an edge rusher... Possesses adequate speed for size and position... Is a relentless pass rusher, recorded 10 sacks in 2010 and 18.5 in his career... Is explosive off the snap and has a very quick and effective swim move, speed rush is good enough to beat slower tackles and tight ends... Can be a versatile player in the NFL, has played a lot of his career at DE at Fresno State... Plays with a lot of intensity, has a consistently high motor... Has been a riser this season with impressive sack total, was a lesser-known prospect coming in to the year, but garnered a lot more attention in 2010... Is durable and resilient, played with a cast on his hand in 2009 and battled through the injury on the field... Can put big hits on opposing quarterbacks, generally gets to the quarterback going full speed and uses momentum to punish him... Uses hands extremely effectively when taking on blockers, appears to have good upper-body strength, is not easily bottled up and pushed back away from the play... Has a fairly quick first step when twisting from the end position, footwork appears to be solid off the snap.
Negatives: Does not have experience as a full-time linebacker, lacks some essential linebacker skills because of playing a DE so much... Does not display a large arsenal of pass-rushing moves, needs to develop better counter moves, lacks the size to utilize an effective bull-rush... Tackles too high and does not drive legs to push back ball carriers, tends to just wrap around the waist and try to drag down opponents... Will miss tackles by over-pursuing and not breaking down effectively, needs to work of change-of-direction skills, especially when pursuing quarterbacks from the backside... Does not appear to be a unique athlete, has enough athleticism to be a good pass rusher at the next level, but does not seem to be an every-down linebacker.
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