BIO: Two-year starter awarded All-Conference honors as a senior after posting 49/10.5/8. Totaled a career-best 93 tackles as a junior.
POSITIVES: Hard-working, aggressive linebacker with terrific instincts. Diagnoses the action and quickly locates the ball. Strong at the point, defeats blocks and wraps up tackling. Takes good angles to the play, gets depth on drops and displays skill in zone coverage. Lined up in a three-point stance and effective off the edge.
NEGATIVES: Not an explosive or quick defender. Marginal skill in pursuit. Suffered an ankle injury during the final game of his senior season.
ANALYSIS: A prospect who's done everything asked of him at Ohio State, Carpenter is a passionate football player with a good degree of upside potential at the next level. Needs to fine-tune his game yet could quickly find his way into a starting lineup.