One day after the selection of Tyron Smith likely spelled doom for veteran tackle Marc Colombo, the Cowboys’ second selection likely means bad news for another veteran.
The Cowboys picked linebacker Bruce Carter out of North Carolina, which likely signals the end of the line for veteran Keith Brooking.
Carter will move to inside linebacker for the Cowboys, likely backing up 2010 second-round pick Sean Lee, who is ready to take Brookings’ starting position.
But like Lee, Carter will have to overcome a college knee injury first. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in November, and he will be pushing it to get it ready for training camp.
The Cowboys believed they couldn’t pass on his value. They had him rated as a first-round pick and were able to get him at the top of the second round, circumstances similar to their selection of Lee last year.
Carter started 44 of 49 games in his career with the Tar Heels, including 10 of 11 games last year. He missed the bowl game because of the injury.
Carter is fast and athletic. He has been timed as fast as 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash and he played quarterback, running back and safety in high school before moving to linebacker in college.