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Patriots Draft Central Arkansas OLB Markell Carter With 194th Pick in Sixth Round

Patriots drafted Central Arkansas OLB Markell Carter in the sixth round. (Courtesy: UCA Sports Information)

New England addressed their pass-rushing need Saturday with Central Arkansas OLB Markell Carter.

Here’s a write up from cdsdraft.com on Carter.

He has been productive 11.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks in 2009 19 TFL, 5.5 sacks in 2010. He’s athletic, lanky, with long arms, good agility, he deflects some passes, he has leadership skills, is durable and when asked to he has taken fairly good drops into coverage.

While some think he’s cut from the same cloth as Jacob Ford and Larry Hart. Clearly there’s a particular style of Defensive End that plays at UCA and Carter fits that mold. Carter is explosive toward the line and if the RB or QB runs to the edge, he’s there to lay down the punishment. He has solid ability to hold onto a ball carrier. He’s a team leader also. His Force at Point of Attack is solid in his game, he shows good playing speed, very aggressive but plays smart. His field intelligence has allowed him to remain healthy. I’ve watched him survey the field looking at schemes before the ball is snapped and blow up a runner who thought his path was clear.

He moves well and was always around the quarterback, often one step away from getting to him. If you watched the film from the McNeese game he certainly seemed to be asserting himself even more in his farewell game.

About Matthew Marcantonio - @M_Marcantonio

Matthew Marcantonio is the Patriots and college football editor at Sports of Boston. Marcantonio has contributed for two newspapers; the Sentinel & Enterprise (Leominster, Mass) and The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La) and held internships with The Bleacher Report and Sports Illustrated.

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