Draft prospect cleared to work out

The Cowboys met with 30 draft eligible players at Valley Ranch a few weeks ago and one of them was North Carolina outside linebacker Bruce Carter. Carter is trying to return from ACL reconstruction surgery. Famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews cleared Carter for workouts for any NFL team because of how well he's responded to rehab.

Carter started 43 games, including 10 in 2010. He was a 2010 finalist for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the nation’s top linebacker. Carter blocked seven kicks and scored twice on interception returns at North Carolina.

Several NFL teams have expressed interest in the 6-foot-1 1/2, 241-pounder. Carter visited Dallas, Detroit, Denver, Philadelphia, New England and Buffalo. Atlanta spoke with Carter at North Carolina.

Here's what Scouts Inc. had to say about him: Has size and flashes explosiveness to deliver violent hit on occasion. Doesn't consistently square up, deliver a blow and drive through contact, though. Does a solid job of wrapping up in space the majority of time but occasionally will come in too hot and get himself in trouble. Needs to learn to gear down and break down at times (especially when he's nearing the sideline).

Carter is an interesting pick in the second or third rounds. A safety is more important to the Cowboys, especially in the second round, but if they add an outside pass rusher with some upside, he's a possibility.