For the second year in a row, the Cowboys spent their top choice in a linebacker who fits the mold…
Ohio State Comments on Carpenter
* Height, Weight -- 6-3, 255 pounds; Hometown -- Lancaster, Ohio.
* OSU Highlights -- Two-year starter and four-year letter winner for the Buckeyes … played in a total of 50 games during his career and recorded 26 starts … broke his ankle on the first play of the Michigan game as a senior and missed the bowl game against Notre Dame … credited with 49 tackles before being hurt, including career highs in tackles-for-loss (10.5) and sacks (8) … tied a school record and was named National Defensive Player of the Week following a four-sack performance against Michigan State … had a season-high 11 tackles against MSU, matching his total earlier in the year against Texas … career high in tackles at OSU was 13 vs. Michigan State and Marshall in 2004 … very physical player and an emotional leader … won second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior … played on the special teams as a freshman and sophomore, but also started three games as a sophomore … became a regular at the beginning of his junior year and was a fixture in the lineup until being hurt at Michigan … gave the defense an added dimension as a senior, occasionally lining up on the edge as a defensive end … dressed for the Notre Dame game, but did not play.
* Personal -- His dad, Rob, played at Miami (Ohio) and later in the NFL before becoming a successful high school coach … would like to follow in his father's footsteps after his playing career is over … has three younger brothers, one of whom, Jonathan, plays football at the University of Cincinnati … plays the piano, likes playing chess and shooting pool … favorite professional player is Lawrence Taylor.
* Scout.com's Tony Pauline on Carpenter -- "Because of the injury, he did not get to play in the Senior Bowl. That probably hurt him. I like Carpenter. He is a size and speed guy. He has a lot of upside and potential. He is a little bit stiff, but I think you can use him as a strongside linebacker."
* Bucknuts.com's Steve Helwagen on Carpenter --"When Carpenter was injured in the Michigan game, many wondered how that would impact his draft status. It appears that the injury healed in the proper time, allowing Carpenter to rehab it and do just enough for pro scouts and coaches to preserve his draft status. Before the injury, I thought he was a late first-round pick as a versatile LB who could play several spots.
"I imagine some teams will downrate him a few spots. There has been talk he could go to the Steelers on the last pick of the first round. I think, again, you are looking at a guy who will play for a long time in the NFL."
* Bucknuts.com's Dave Biddle on Carpenter -- "I think Carpenter will be a late first round pick. He could go early in the second round, but I think he might go to Pittsburgh with final pick of the first round (if LenDale White doesn't slip that far). He has the chance to be a Mike Vrabel-type outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme with his ability to rush the passer, stop the run, and drop into coverage. Second round wouldn't even be a consideration for Carpenter if he wasn't coming off a broken leg.
"He would be a first round lock. But since he has almost made a full recovery, it won't hurt his stock too much. He could go as early as pick 25 of the first round. Having NFL bloodlines will do nothing but help him. His father, Rob, was an NFL running back for the New York Giants and Houston Oilers."
* Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel on Carpenter -- "Bobby, I think could play any one of the linebacker positions. I think he did a good job of presenting himself. Everywhere he went, someone knew his dad and that was kind of an icebreaker for him. That was a plus for Bobby as he was being interviewed. I think he listened to his dad about the difficulty and the challenge of playing at that level. That's got to be a bonus for him."
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