In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2013 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 25th.
We continue the series with a scouting report of Florida State’s “Tank” Carradine.
Name: Cornellius “Tank” Carradine
School: Florida State
Weight: 276 LBS
Position: Defensive End
Cornellius “Tank” Carradine has flown under the radar for most of his collegiate career. He started at a JUCO institution, Butler Community College, before transferring to Florida State. The defensive end remained a reserve player until his senior year when an injury to Brandon Jenkins thrust him into the starting lineup. Still, despite a strong season he was overshadowed by fellow Seminole Bjoern Werner, and his draft stock figured to take a dip after he tore his ACL in late November. But after a strong showing at his pro day and scouts looking over his tape from an impressive senior year, he now may find himself drafted ahead of Werner in the first round.
Carradine started 12 games as a senior, registering 80 tackles, including 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. He had a phenomenal three game stretch early in the year from September 15-29 where he recorded 19 tackles and seven sacks. Carradine was having one of the best games of his career on November 25 against Florida, having already notched a career-high 11 tackles with 0.5 sacks when he injured his ACL.
At 6-foot-4, 276-pounds, he has an ideal frame for a defensive end. Carradine is also a superb athlete who is quick in pursuit with great closing speed. He is also very strong, and his combination of speed and power makes him a handful for opposing linemen to handle. Throw in his nonstop motor and Carradine is one of the premier defensive ends available this year.
Right now, Carradine’s relative inexperience is working against him. He also has to prove he’s fully recovered from his ACL injury as his game depends on his speed and athleticism. Should he show NFL scouts that he is fully healed, Carradine very well could see his name come off the board within the first 32 picks.
Bench Press: 28
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