Cowboys select LB Carpenter
Carpenter helps strengthen the Cowboys linebackers corps, but may not be the playmaker that DeMarcus Ware is. Carpenter's biggest drawback is his lack of instincts. Often times, he's too slow to react and a step behind the play.
He has the physical tools (6-foot-2, 254 pounds) to be a solid NFL linebacker, but there's some talk that he's not deserving of a first-round selection. And, he did fracture his right fibula against Michigan last season, so that will have to be checked out.
He is the prototype Bill Parcells linebacker though and Parcells can mold Carpenter into what he needs. Although, I don't think Carpenter will have the immediate impact to the Cowboys that last year's two first-round picks Ware and Marcus Spears had.
The Cowboys' bigger need was at safety. The man they had their sets on - Ohio State's Donte Whitner - was snapped up earlier in the day.