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Tank Carradine boosts draft stock with impressive workout

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In November, when Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine suffered a torn ACL, we noted that the injury would prevent him from working out at the Scouting Combine in February but that he could impress NFL teams by showing good progress by April. Sure enough, it’s April, and Carradine is showing good progress.

Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Carradine ran a 4.75-second 40-yard dash at a workout for NFL scouts today. That’s a good time for a defensive end in any context, but it’s particularly good for a player who had reconstructive knee surgery 135 days ago.

According to Reedy, Carradine was “very happy” with the results of his workout. Scouts from 11 teams attended Carradine’s workout: the Chiefs, Lions, Browns, Saints, Bengals, Vikings, Colts, Broncos, Patriots, Falcons and 49ers.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Carradine had recorded 11 sacks and was Florida State’s leading tackler when he got hurt late in his senior season. Before his injury he was viewed as a likely first-round draft pick, and after today’s showing, he still might be.

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21 Responses to “Tank Carradine boosts draft stock with impressive workout”
  1. skoobyfl says: Apr 20, 2013 3:36 PM

    Bills drafted a guy named “Tank” as well, he busted real quick.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Apr 20, 2013 3:37 PM

    And watch all the mock draft nerds/followers put him from the 2nd/late 1st to the teens. So predictable.

  3. seatownballers says: Apr 20, 2013 3:41 PM

    2nd rounder

  4. profootballwalk says: Apr 20, 2013 4:02 PM

    He’s already been mocked in the first round for weeks.

  5. gvboot says: Apr 20, 2013 4:05 PM

    Guess you better tell us what kind of (reconstruction) surgery this was. I’ve had 3 myself. You will not run a 4.75 -40, 135 days after a reconstructed knee. AP didn’t even do that, without all that extra weight. Guess this guy must be a freak of nature

  6. si1m says: Apr 20, 2013 4:11 PM

    Was gonna comment but calhounlambeau already said it

  7. cali49er707 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:13 PM

    And with the 31st pick in the 2013 NFL draft the San Francisco 49ers select………….

  8. hutch119 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:17 PM

    135 days?!?! Impossible

    -Derrick Rose

  9. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 20, 2013 4:19 PM

    He’s built like a freaking Cornelius.

  10. hater79 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:26 PM

    He is the best linebacker since Joe Montana

  11. blacknole08 says: Apr 20, 2013 4:30 PM

    Four Noles could potentially be drafted in the first round. Funny thing is Carradine wasn’t even a starter going into last season for us. He is beastly!

  12. thesteelers says: Apr 20, 2013 4:33 PM

    He will be out of the league in three years.

  13. dalucks says: Apr 20, 2013 4:44 PM

    I thought he would be the steal of the draft as a 3rd round pick but he might be a 1st round pick.
    We shall see.

  14. kev86 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:01 PM

    Raiders at 3.

  15. bowmanj35 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:09 PM

    gvboot- I hear you. I’ve destroyed both, repaired one. but these days they don’t mess with tour patella tendon, and they have these little things called roids that helped out AP also.

  16. sean0219 says: Apr 20, 2013 5:48 PM

    he will be mid first possibly giants

  17. banlarson says: Apr 20, 2013 8:34 PM

    Look for him to wear purple this year going 25th to MN, after taking Te’o at 23. I’d rather see a corner taken, but this kid is a stud. Any DE that is 2nd in tackles is amazing, this kid has a tremendous motor. He can replace Robison who is average.

    They can pickup a CB and WR in 2nd and 3rd rounds and take a DT with one of their 4th round picks.

  18. duffer58 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:39 PM

    I ran a 7.8 40 before my surgery and 135 days later ran 7.9.

  19. dalyman3 says: Apr 20, 2013 10:57 PM

    Giants at 19 makes sense

  20. jkaflagg says: Apr 20, 2013 11:16 PM

    Was hoping he’d slip down to the Falcons at 30, but doesn’t seem likely anymore….looks like Dimitroff will need to deal to get an impact pass rusher…..

  21. zevo49 says: May 24, 2013 7:03 AM

    HE IS THE REAL DEAL AND WITH 2 TANKS 1 ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BALL MEANS YOU ARE GETTING BOMB DROPPINGS ALL OVER THE FIELD ON EVERY PLAY. QB’S ARE SCARED WITH THE TANK…

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