Cheyenne's Carter welcomes chance with Broncos


When the Broncos drafted UCLA safety Rahim Moore in the second round Friday, Quinton Carter figured he wouldn't wind up in Denver.

The Broncos, though, weren't satisfied with taking just one safety to shore up one of their most vulnerable spots.

They selected Carter, a Cheyenne High School graduate who became an All-American at Oklahoma, in the fourth round Saturday and with the No. 108 overall pick.

"Honestly, yes, I am very surprised," Carter said. "I wasn't sure if they would pick me or (Moore) early on.

"I'm sure we'll have a great future, a strong (defensive) backfield, and also learn from Brian Dawkins, who is my favorite safety in the game."

Carter (6 feet 1 inch, 208 pounds) said he sees similarities between himself and Dawkins, a 16-year veteran.

"You watch him play, you can tell he's passionate about the game, that it means a lot to him, and he's very physical, and I take that same mode," Carter said. "Off the field, I'm very relaxed, and from what I hear he's the same way. But on the field, he hits that light switch, and he's a beast."

Last season, Carter made 96 tackles and intercepted four passes. He said he can play either safety position and doesn't know what the Broncos have planned for him.

"Wherever they put me," Carter said, "I'm very grateful for my opportunity."

Arizona State defensive tackle Lawrence Guy (6-4, 305), who went to Western, was drafted in the seventh and final round, 233rd overall, by the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers.

"I want to go win another Super Bowl," he said.

Guy made 41 tackles last season, including six for loss. Though he played an interior line position at Arizona State, he was drafted to take an end spot for the Packers' 3-4 defense.

He came out following his junior season with the Sun Devils and had hoped to go in the middle rounds. Guy admitted to feeling "a lot of stress" as the selections ticked by but stood by his decision to leave early.

"I feel 100 percent I made the right decision, and I was picked by a great team," Guy said. "There's no other team I would want to be picked by."

Three locals were drafted. Oklahoma running back DeMarco Murray (6-0, 213), a Bishop Gorman product, was taken Friday in the third round by the Dallas Cowboys.

No UNLV players were chosen for the first time since 2006. Offensive linemen Matt Murphy (6-3, 304) and John Gianninoto (6-3, 297) were considered the top prospects. Because of the NFL labor dispute, neither player can sign a free-agent contract until the lockout is lifted. Top undrafted free agents usually sign immediately after the draft.

Contact reporter Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914. Follow him on Twitter: @markanderson65.

 

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