Markell Carter?

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  1. MossWelkowski

    MossWelkowski Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    Do you guys think Belichick had something up his sleeve with this pick?
    Guy looks fast from video highlights. He was running over people in D1. Granted it was a crappy conference...
  2. supafly

    supafly Supporter Supporter

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    Possible ST-only competition for the 'bigger' LB spot that has generally gone to White/Murrell etc???

    I think there's a decent shot IF Tracy White does not stay here in FA. If he does stay however, I think the spot is Tracy White's.
  3. Sciz

    Sciz Supporter Supporter

    It's pretty fascinating, but Carter has basically everything that Bill looks for in a base 3-4 OLB. He's tall (6' 4 3/8"), has solid size (252) with room to grow, runs 4.7 in the 40, is explosive (35" vert, 10'1" broad jump), has long arms (34.5"), put up a lot of TFLs in college (19), and has experience dropping into coverage.

    It's not going to be this year, but Carter is going to get some serious playing time in a year or two.
  4. Ron Sellers

    Ron Sellers 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    From everything I read about him he seems like a very intelligent kid and good athlete. I have no idea why one of the bigger schools didn't recruit him or try to get him to transfer. Based on no minicamps and the level of competition he played at in college, he's facing long odds at making the roster though; I think his most likely destination for 2011 is on the Practice Squad, and then compete for playing time at OLB in 2012.
  5. satz

    satz 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    I remember the Lua threads here !!! atleast this guy is not getting Lua treatment.
  6. spacecrime

    spacecrime Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Oh, man, did I have high hopes for Oscar :(
  7. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member Supporter

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    Umm...then you remember that Oscar Lua was an undersized, athletically challenged ILB from a major college program. Not sure I see the parallel to Carter!

    Per "Despite being ranked a four-star high school recruit (at 215 pounds), Carter ended up at Division II Central Arkansas. He chose UCA over Oklahoma State and Tulsa to get away from home for life experience"
  8. Froob

    Froob Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

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    Future hall of famer :rocker: .
  9. townes

    townes Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    This answers the Jermaine Cunningham Conundrum, now Belichik can go young at OLB and end the Cunningham era. The Patriots are a few years away and Belichik can't afford to stick with vets like Cunningham when he has this kind of young potential on the bench.

  10. Ron Sellers

    Ron Sellers 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    Actually I think I will revise my earlier comment. I know a lot of people want the Pats to go after a pass rusher in free agency, but I think because FA will start so late this year the Pats are not likely to go that route. Someone like Cullen Jenkins is going to be too pricey, and converting a 4-3 DE like Ray Edwards or Mathias Kiwanuka to a 3-4 OLB doesn't make sense given the shortened off-season.

    That leaves incumbents Jermaine Cunningham, Rob Ninkovich, Tully Banta-Cain and Eric Moore. A fifth and final OLB roster spot would be up for grabs between Carter, Marques Murrell and possibly a UDFA or veteran free agent. In that scenario Carter has an excellent chance of making the roster, and those chance improve dramatically if either one of those first four is injured, or if TBC becomes a cap casualty.

    I still don't expect much of any production from Carter this year, but hopefully he can contribute in 2012.
  11. NEGoldenAge

    NEGoldenAge Banned

    Maybe, but this year is pretty unique. There is going to be a lot of teams in cap hell, which will likely result in some serious discounts on free agents after the initial rush.
  12. Ron Sellers

    Ron Sellers 2nd Team Getting Their First Start

    If that's the case then perhaps the Patriots can capitalize on the misfortune of other teams. From what I read a couple days ago the Pats are in very good cap shape right now.
  13. FCB02062

    FCB02062 Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

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    Markell Carter, Oscar Lua, Ryan Claridge, Jeremy Mincey, Jermaine Cunningham, Eric Moore, Eric Alexander, Pierre Woods, Shawn Crable, Tyrone McKenzie....

    I would venture that each of these guys, at one point either when they drafted/signed him, was going to be "the answer" according to forumites.....

    Personally I thought Claridge would be a factor....
  14. Sciz

    Sciz Supporter Supporter

    Lua, Claridge, Alexander, and McKenzie were ILBs, so I don't think anybody thought they were going to solve a problem at OLB...
  15. BaltimorePatsFan

    BaltimorePatsFan Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    Hopefully he'll be better than Pierre Woods.
  16. BradyFTW!

    BradyFTW! Supporter Supporter

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    Not really. A few of us thought Woods was serviceable as a rotational guy, and most of us have high hopes for Cunningham, but that was it really. Of the others, Shawn Crable was the only one who for, some bizarre reason, people latched on to. Never really understood that.
    Last edited: Jul 14, 2011
  17. Shelterdog

    Shelterdog Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Well Crable was a third round pick who looks the part.

    If Carter is as good as Woods we should all be thrilled; if he's any better we should be amazed. He's a 6th round pick so it's unlikely that he's even on the team in two years.
  18. s3antana5757

    s3antana5757 On the Game Day Roster

    Cunningham was drafted two years or so ago no? How is he old? In anyway?
  19. jmt57

    jmt57 Moderator Staff Member Supporter

    Pretty sure he was being sarcastic there.
  20. s3antana5757

    s3antana5757 On the Game Day Roster

    Kind of tough to tell on a website. Lol.
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