Update: Packers Bringing in OLB

This small-school star tallied 19 tackles for losses and forced three fumbles during his senior season. He'd be an interesting developmental prospect who could use some seasoning on a practice squad.

Central Arkansas' Markell Carter will visit the Green Bay Packers on Tuesday, an NFL source told Packer Report on Monday.

Carter was a first-team all-Southland Conference defensive end as a senior, when he posted 5.5 sacks, a whopping 19 tackles for losses, recovered four fumbles and forced three.

According to a second source we spoke to on Tuesday morning, the Packers did not attend Carter's pro-day workout at Arkansas State but they did put him through a private workout on campus about a week later. A workout and a pre-draft visit to Green Bay likely signal strong interest in this 6-foot-4 and 252-pounder, who would have to make the transition to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 scheme.

"Carter is a kid with ideal 3-4 OLB size and was timed at 4.79 this spring," Josh Buchanan, who specializes in scouting Football Championship Subdivision, Division II and Division III players for NFL teams and his Web site, JBScouting.com, told Packer Report. He has some explosiveness but needs to get stronger. I think he's a good priority free agent but he played very well late in the season and could be taken late in the draft because of it. I have him as a solid priority free agent grade who could make a practice squad."

At the Arkansas State pro day, he was timed in 4.70 seconds with a 35-inch vertical leap, according to a source. He did 17 reps on the 225-pound bench press — it would have been 21 but the scout running the workout didn't count four of them.

"The first round (April 28) I'll probably watch at my buddy's house," Carter told the Examiner-Enterprise of Bartlesville, Okla., on Saturday. "The next two days, I have a fishing trip planned. I'll also probably go play some beach volleyball."

In four seasons — the last two as a starter — he tallied 16 sacks and 39 tackles for losses.

As Buchanan said, Carter likely would be a late-round selection or a priority undrafted free agent — though, without a CBA, no undrafted rookies are allowed to sign contracts.

And he fits the mold of almost every player the Packers have signaled strong interest in this offseason as being intelligent and a good teammate.

"Obviously, it's really exciting," Carter told the newspaper. "I'm just trying to stay focused, working out, and to keep on grinding. I'm staying up here in Conway, trying to finish up my degree (health education) and hopefully get picked up."


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