Mona Shield Payne/Special to the Sun
Saturday, April 30, 2011 | 10:39 a.m.
Cheyenne High product Quinton Carter of Oklahoma was selected Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.
Carter, a 6-foot, 210-pound safety, is the second with Southern Nevada ties to be selected. DeMarco Murray, a Bishop Gorman grad and Carter’s college teammate at Oklahoma, went Friday to the Dallas Cowboys with the 71st overall pick in the third round.
Carter was surprised he was selected by the Broncos because they took another safety Friday in the second round, UCLA's Rahim Moore. Denver also has veteran Brian Dawkins.
"Whatever situation I’m going into, I’m very excited for the opportunity to be a part of any team," Carter said. "I’m ready to go to work. I’m going to be a part of the Denver Broncos, and with Rahim and myself coming, I’m sure we’re going to have a strong backfield and also learn from Brian Dawkins, who is my favorite safety in the game.”
Carter had 92 tackles and four interceptions last fall in helping Oklahoma to win the Big 12 Conference and Fiesta Bowl.
Carter hasn't been told if he'll compete at free or strong safety, but said he is ready to go to work and looks forward to the challenge.
“I kind of see myself at both. I played both in college. I run down a lot; I’ve played man coverage as well as played deep middle — and cover-two coverages. I’m pretty familiar with both positions and I know how to play both. I’m not really sure where I’ll come in and play or which safety (position) I’ll play, but I am familiar with both positions.”
The seven-round draft concludes today. Offensive lineman Matt Murphy is UNLV’s best chance of having a player selected.
Check back later for more on the draft.