Carter was a defensive end at Fresno St., but at 248 lbs. he’s too small to play that position in the NFL. He will convert to linebacker for the Steelers and get a chance fight for a reserve roster spot. With the Steelers front 4 established, there is a place for him in a backup role but he’ll have to have a real good camp and show the coaches he’s special to secure his place on the team this coming year. He’s a very good pass rusher which means in all probability he’ll be working out backup Woodley and Harrison. The Steelers also draft linebackers since that is the strength of Dick Lebeau’s defense. Carter will be a bit of a project but he’ll have every opportunity to succeed if he wants it bad enough.
Chris Carter Conference Call
What does it mean to become a Steeler with the linebacker tradition that is here?
It’s amazing. It was a long wait in the draft, but I couldn’t be happier to be with any other team. It’s a wonderful organization. They have a great history and tradition, I’m happy. My uncle is a die-hard Steeler fan so I know he is going to be happy about it as well.
Coach Butler said he might transition you from a defensive end to a outside linebacker. What are your thoughts on that, and can you make that transition?
I feel that I definitely can, I’ve been working on it for the last few months. I’ve been working with Willie McGinest and a few other coaches. I’m just excited and I’m sure I’ll be able to make it.
What’s the connection to Willie McGinest?
I trained at API LA (Athlete Performance Institute) and he was our linebacker coach there.
Have you ever been to the East Coast? Are you a California guy?
I’m from California, but I’ll go anywhere.
How is your uncle a Steeler fan? Is he on the East Coast or is he out there?
He’s out here, but he’s just a Steeler fan. I don’t know why. I never asked any questions, but when we go to his house he has a Steelers room.
I know it is important to get in here to work and begin to play. Are you following what is going on with the labor situation?
I’m going to try my hardest to get in as soon as possible, as soon as the team and the coaches allow me to get in and adjust to the playbook. They run a pretty good defense that I feel I can adjust to.
How difficult do you think this will be if you are not allowed to come in until, maybe, training camp? Will it be a tough transition for you to make now?
I don’t think so. I still think I’ll be able to make the transition. I’m very confident in my abilities and what talents that I bring to the table. And I’m very confident in the coaching ability of the coaches at the Steelers.
Plus you have a couple of decent guys to learn from in [LaMarr] Woodley and [James] Harrison, right?
It’s an honor to be in the same locker room as that guy. It’s an honor. I watch him all the time. In college, all I used to do was sit at home and watch NFL Network to watch this guy. He plays with passion. To be a player of that caliber is something I dream about and I definitely plan of making that dream come true.
Which guy? LaMarr or James?
Harrison. I respect both of them for sure. I definitely respect both of them, but I watched a lot of Harrison, especially more so in college.
He’s more of your height, right Chris? Is that part of your game – that speed rush around the edge?
Yes he is.
Do you have a brother in this draft, too?
Yes, he’s actually getting some calls right now. We’re kind of waiting to see where he’s going to go.
Any [calls] from the Steelers?
He hasn’t gotten a call from the Steelers yet. I know he just got off the phone with Arizona and they are thinking about picking him up. So we’ll see how it goes.