How he fits:
The Gophers recruit length and speed. Carter has length and speed. He also has the instincts, tackling ability and athleticism you'd want from an outside backer. Minnesota loves to put taller linebackers on the weakside of formations in order to disrupt passing lanes, which is a role Coughlin could step into.
Another tool Carter brings is an ability to rush the pocket from the edge or shoots gaps to break up plays in the backfield. Really, Coughlin has everything you'd want in an every down linebacker with the capability of doing just about anything you'd ask from an outside linebacker, including but not limited to defending running backs in the flat or tight ends.