Linebacker Bruce Carter #54 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after a defensive stop.
New Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has a new linebacker to coach next season.
The Dallas Cowboys selected Bruce Carter, an outside linebacker from the University of North Carolina in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday.
Carter was selected as the 40th player in the second round.
Teams may have steered clear of Carter who suffered a season-ending left knee injury late in the 2010 season.
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper said Carter would have been a first round pick if he had not suffered the injury.
The Detroit Free Press reported the doctor overseeing Carter's rehabilitation, Dr. James Andrews, issued a letter to teams two weeks ago that read, "Bruce is more than meeting out expectations in his recovery," according toNFL.com.
Carter joins USC offensive tackle Tyron Smith as the Cowboys first two draft picks. Dallas selected Smith with the ninth overall pick in Thursday's first round of the draft.