PASADENA CA - OCTOBER 02: Andrew Abbott #26 of the UCLA Bruins jumps onto the shoulders of teammate David Carter #85 after Carter's sack of Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel during the fourth quarter at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California. UCLA defeated Washington State 42-28. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
The Cardinals have added another body to their Defensive line with the selection of UCLA Defensive Tackle, David Carter with their second pick of the sixth round. Currently he projects as a developmental guy who will add some depth to the Defensive Line, and he is expected to be a Defensive End with the Cardinals.There are not many scouting reports on Carter, he was not invited to the combine but he preformed well at the East/West Shrine game. He was only a starter during his senior year with the Bruins racking up 41 tackles with four sacks.
Here are some thoughts on him from Darren Urban's blog.
With their second sixth-round pick, the Cards took UCLA defensive end David Carter (6-4, 297) who had 3.5 sacks last season. He played nose tackle last season for the Bruins, but he will be a developmental defensive end in the 3-4 for the Cards. He went 10 picks after brother Chris, who was taken by the Steelers, setting off a huge celebration at the Carter household.
"This is crazy," David Carter said. "I’ve never cried so hard in my life. I was crying for my brother because I know how hard he worked and I thought I was all cried out. Then I got picked. I thought, ‘Dang, I’m going to be dehydrated.’ "
Carter said he thinks the two DE positions in the 3-4 are his natural spots. He did take a visit to Arizona before the draft, and said he thought all along either the Raiders or Cards would pick him. Now he will vie for a spot backing up Darnell Dockett and Calais Campbell, important with Alan Branch and Kenny Iwebema with expiring contracts.
Sports Illustrated also had this to say to him during the East/West Shrine Game
After a disappointing senior season Carter responded with an all-star type performance every practice. He's looked incredibly athletic, beating blockers off the snap then quickly changing direction to sack quarterbacks or catch ball carriers in backside pursuit. Opponents were forced to double team the Bruin lineman in an effort to stop him. Scouts are hoping the light has gone on for Carter and he continues to play at this high level in the NFL.
How do you think David Carter will fare in the NFL?
Superstar (19 votes)
Good, reliable player for years to come (96 votes)
Special Teams, Depth (104 votes)
Bust (27 votes)
246 total votes