Draft Snapshot: LB Bobby Carpenter

If the Colts don't pick a running back in the first round, Ohio State LB Bobby Carpenter could be a consideration. And there's an outside chance that with a move up in the second round, they could get both their running back and a linebacker like Carpenter.


Bobby Carpenter, LB Ohio State: 6'3, 255 pounds, (4.66-forty)

NFL Comparison: Napoleon Harris, Minnesota Vikings

Overview
Overshadowed by teammate A.J. Hawk, but just as versatile and almost as explosive. Carpenter can back up all three spots in the linebacking corps because of his size/speed ratio. Relentless in pursuit and tough with good athletic ability. Very well-rounded as a player and shows the tenacity necessary to be solid at the next level.

Against the run
Carpenter's size allows him to hold up well against the run. His technique could use some work and he needs to get stronger, but there is no denying the stats he put up as a Buckeye (over 200 tackles in 26 starts). When he gets his hands on a ball-carrier the play is over. Lets blockers get into his body, but that can be rectified with coaching at the pro level.

Against the pass
For a man his size, Carpenter has excellent hips to turn and run with tight ends and backs in man-to-man coverage. Gets very deep on his drops and shows good instincts in space. As an edge pass-rusher, Carpenter shows a good burst to get to the quarterback and a solid spin move. Needs to work on more moves to be successful at the pro level, but has good instincts as a blitzer.

Final Analysis
He runs well, is a leader and plays with a lot of passion. Carpenter is currently earning second-round grades, and because he's still recovering from a broken ankle suffered in November, teams may be a tad leery about selecting him in the early part of the second round even though he appears to be fully recovered.

Scott Eklund writes and reports for Seahawks.NET and Dawgman.com.

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