David Carter was a defensive tackle for the UCLA Bruins but at 6-4, 294 will likely be moved to defensive end at the NFL level. Carter was picked 186th overall in the later part of the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals.
Carter showed flashes but was a fairly inconsistent player in college. Cardinals team blogger, Daren Urban, believes he will compete for a spot backing up Calias Campbell or Darnell Dockett on the Cardinals defensive line. Carter started just one season at UCLA, prompting beat writer Kent Somers to consider him a developmental player.
Revenge of the Birds blog relayed this report from Sports Illustrated about Carter's play at the East/West game.
After a disappointing senior season Carter responded with an all-star type performance every practice. He's looked incredibly athletic, beating blockers off the snap then quickly changing direction to sack quarterbacks or catch ball carriers in backside pursuit. Opponents were forced to double team the Bruin lineman in an effort to stop him. Scouts are hoping the light has gone on for Carter and he continues to play at this high level in the NFL.
The Arizona Cardinals have one pick remaining in the 2011 NFL Draft. At 249, their seventh round compensatory pick is just five slots beneath Mr. Irrelevant, the final pick of the draft.