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David Carter

| | College: UCLA
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Scouts were dubious about Carter's appearance at the East-West Shrine Game in January, as he hadn't built the same strong body of work during his career that his brother, Chris did as a defensive end at Fresno State. The strength and quickness he displayed during the week of practices in Orlando, however, made NFL teams go back to their offices to watch his film.

The three-star recruit did not have a great impact with the Bruins early on, redshirting in 2006 and playing in three games the following year (0.5 tackle for loss) before finally getting on the field more regularly as a reserve in 2008 (13 tackles, one for loss). Though Carter managed just nine tackles as a junior, his two sacks and three pass break-ups in limited action earned him the team's Most Improved Player award. He finally got his chance to start last fall, racking up 41 tackles, five for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Though Carter's below-average college resume kept him from receiving an invitation the scouting combine, the raw but ascending talent he displayed at the East-West Shrine Game may be enough for 4-3 teams looking for depth at the three-technique spot to consider him worth a late-round pick.


Positives: Penetrating three-technique who is capable of getting upfield quickly when pad level is low. Splits pass protection double-teams to get into the backfield, pushes until the ball away. Attempts to get his hands into passing lanes. Plays two gaps well, disengages to wrap running back coming through either hole. Spins off blocks inside and will hustle down the line to chase down ballcarriers. Uses length to wrap up securely on the move.

Negatives: Tall and light in the pants. Does not play with natural bend. Often comes straight up after the snap if man-up against the guard; stands his ground okay, but NFL lineman may get under his pads regularly. Fails to break down when approaching ballcarriers. Leaves his feet on too many tackles. Does not use violent hands to disengage from blocks as a pass rusher. Gives up on one-on-one pass rush if initial move does not work or when biting on play action.

--Chad Reuter

2007 Season

Saw action in three games during the season … In the first game of his career at Washington State, he tallied one tackle assist and was credited with 0.5 tackles for a loss … Had one solo tackle, one tackle for a loss and recorded one sack at Arizona … Against Oregon, he had one solo tackle.

2006 Season

Did not see action in his first year in the program.

High School

Lettered in football at Henry J. Kaiser HS in Fontana, CA for coach Dick Bruich … Three-star selection by rivals.com … Ranked No. 39 strongside defensive end by rivals.com … Three-star pick by scout.com … Member of scout.com Western 100 (No. 79) … Ranked No. 49 among defensive ends by scout.com … Rated No. 68 prospect in California by rivals.com … PrepStar All-Region selection … SuperPrep All-Far West (No. 82) … Made 69 tackles (53 primaries), with seven sacks and nine deflected passes in 13 games as a senior … Named first-team All-San Bernardino County by the Riverside Press-Enterprise … All-League selection as a defensive end … Served as team captain and helped lead team to a 10-3 record as a senior … Also lettered in track and field for coach Noves … Was a member of the high school debate team.


Full Name: David H. Carter, Jr. … Born: December 10, 1987 in Los Angeles, CA … Parents: David and LaGenia Carter … Has one brother, Christopher, and one sister, Sadia … Admires the play of the NFL's Jason Taylor … Hobbies include lifting weights … History and Science are his favorite classes … Director's Honor Roll in Fall 2006 … Relative, Carol Davis, also attended UCLA … Major undeclared.


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