After hearing the Cowboys were going to draft an ILB with the 2nd round pick if they had not traded it away for Mo Claiborne I started thinking the Cowboys were not all that impressed with what they saw from Bruce Carter last season.
Then I remembered what Jerry Jones said about the position down at the Senior Bowl practices back in January…
Is Bruce Carter a thumper? No. Carter is more of a run and tackle type of player. He’s going to be able to get from sideline to sideline with ease and he can cover RB/TE’s out in space. But he will not be able to fight thru blocks in the middle and shed and tackle.
Is Dan Connor a thumper? Not really. He’s basically a clone of Sean Lee who does everything well, but is just not as good as Lee. Throw in the worry about his health and he’s definitely not a guy you want trying to be physical time and time again in the middle.
Is the rookie Caleb McSurdy a thumper? He’s a 7th round pick. End of story. He may even be going over to play Fullback in time.
So where is this thumper? And if Carter wasn’t that type of player why did you draft him so high when you already had a similar type of player on the roster in Sean Lee? Are the Cowboys going to have to add a thumper in Free Agency? Could Anthony Spencer move inside and be a thumper?
Let’s hope we find out the answer to these questions by September.