No. 108: S Quinton Carter, Oklahoma

Quinton Carter

CARTER: could fit in at strong safety.

Height: 6-00.5
Weight: 211 pounds
School: Oklahoma
40 Time: 4.57 seconds
Bench Press Reps: 23

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – This doesn’t look like an organization pleased with the long-term prospects they inherited at safety.

Starting safeties Brian Dawkins and Renaldo Hill are 37 and 32, respectively, and possess a collective 26 years of experience between them. But the first Josh McDaniels draft also included two safeties in the first four rounds: Darcel McBath (second, 48th overall) and David Bruton (fourth, 114th overall).

Ideally, the Broncos would have been poised to hand Hill and Dawkins’s positions off to McBath and Bruton in due time, and that would have been the end. That’s the sort of seamless, planned transition that the Pittsburgh Steelers execute regularly. While Bruton has found a niche as a special teamer, McBath has missed 12 games in two seasons and only started one. The timing of his injuries has also proved problematic; because he and Dawkins were injured on the same day (at Baltimore in Week 5), McBath was unable to get three October starting assignments that could have accelerated his progress.

Carter and second-round pick Rahim Moore seem to be perfect complements in the secondary. Carter would appear to project to a strong safety, not just because of his own skill set and size (Carter is nine pounds heavier than Moore), but because of Moore’s ball-hawk instincts (10 interceptions in 2009). However, he hasn’t been told which one he’ll play.

“I could see myself at both. I played both in college,” Carter said. “I’ve played man coverage as well as deep middle and cover-two coverages. I’m pretty familiar with both positions.”

If the Broncos get their way, though, he’ll eventually play one and Moore the other.

About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.

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