AUBURN, Ala. — Two Auburn defenders will head to NFL rookie camps in the hopes of landing a contract.
Linebacker Jake Holland accepted an invite from the Atlanta Falcons while defensive tackle Kenneth Carter's agency, 1st Class Athletes, tweeted that their client will participate in the Kansas City Chiefs' minicamp for rookies.
Holland played in 46 games in his four seasons as a Tiger, making 29 starts, with 23 of those coming in the past two years. He finished his career with 174 tackles (80 solo, 94 assisted), 9.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and snagged a pair of interceptions.
He'll have plenty of company at his position in the Falcons' rookie camp, as the team selected four linebackers — Prince Shembo, Marquis Spruill, Yawin Smallwood and Tyler Starr — in the 2014 draft. Atlanta's defense is a base 4-3, but plans to use the 3-4 more next season.
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Carter appeared in 47 games in his four-year career on the Plains, including 12 starts. None came last season, however, as he was merely a rotational player along the Tigers' deep defensive line. He recorded 53 tackles (24 solo, 29 assisted) and 2.5 tackles for loss along with recovering three fumbles in four seasons.
In the Chiefs' 3-4 scheme, Carter will likely try to break in at end. He'll take part in the Chiefs' rookie camp along with another former Auburn defensive lineman in Dee Ford, who was taken with the No. 23 overall pick on Thursday.