With the 40th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected Bruce Carter, a linebacker from North Carolina. While many thought Brooks Reed may be the pick here, Jerry Jones and company went with a different linebacker, choosing Carter, a speedster with some health concerns. Carter tore his ACL in 2010, dropping him into the second round because of his concerns.
The Cowboys took Tyron Smith, a beastly offensive tackle from USC, with their first round pick, but changed it up and went with defense in the second round. At 6-foot-2, 240, Carter turned in a blazing 40-time and was a solid contributor on special teams, blocking eight kicks during his time at North Carolina.
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