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Niners take a Tank after trading down

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The 49ers said they know who they wanted at No. 34.  And then they traded down to No. 40.

Chances are they’ll say they got the guy at 40 they would have taken at 34.

The Niners have drafted Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine.  But for a torn ACL suffered during the 2012 season, Carradine easily could have been a top-10 pick.

Since the 49ers don’t need to rush Carradine into the lineup, they can put him on scholarship for a year, allowing him to get back to 100 percent before making a contribution in 2014.

Carradine’s FSU teammate, defensive end Bjeorn Werner, landed with the Colts in the first round of the draft.

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28 Responses to “Niners take a Tank after trading down”
  1. thesteelers says: Apr 26, 2013 7:22 PM

    Vernon Gholston 2.0

  2. laxcoach37 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:22 PM

    If Tank recovers fully from his inury the 49ers just added depth to an already crazy talented Defense.

  3. beerbudsnbevo says: Apr 26, 2013 7:23 PM

    Wow. The 49ers and the Vikes are making the rest of the NFL look like dumbasses

    Except for the Cowboys…

    Jerry Jones does that on his own

  4. blacknole08 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:24 PM

    Four Noles taken so far with the first 40 picks.

    That’s the most so far by any college and more than Alabama. Makes me wonder what could have been had we been undefeated and had a chance to face Bama.

    Update — 5 Noles now in the top 42 with Watson going to the Raiders.

  5. calwilliams06 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:25 PM

    Mayock said they think he’ll be ready to go for camp.

    Worst case scenario, they slowly ease him in on 3rd downs and prep him to contribute more in the playoffs.

  6. waterboy420 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:27 PM

    What? That’s stupid. They should be trying to win a Super Bowl now not in 2014. As close as they are this seems like a bad pick.

  7. jayniner says: Apr 26, 2013 7:29 PM

    Adding this “Tank” to the Niners Defense is just not fair to the rest of the league…

  8. cali49er707 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:31 PM

    I like the pick. He has a chance to get healthy & eventually replace Justin Smith.

    Now let’s get mathieu please!!!!!

  9. melkipershero says: Apr 26, 2013 7:34 PM

    Trade down and still land a stud. Got a 3rd next year. Good deal for SF

  10. brooklynniner19 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:36 PM

    Great pick up by the 49ers. They will bring him along like they did Aldon Smith. He will have 10+ sacks next year. #FACT

  11. jayman35 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:38 PM

    Wow! Niners get a steal of a guy in the 2nd round, and trade down to get him and pick up a 3rd rounder in 2014. Awesome draft so far by Baalke and Harbaugh.

  12. goldrush36 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:38 PM

    Kinda like Margus Hunt myself but this is a solid prospect to groom behind the cowboy…

  13. ninersreciognizebch says: Apr 26, 2013 7:39 PM

    Balke does it again we get a steal in Tank 1st round grade and a beast and we pick up another bounty of picks give us more

  14. doe22us says: Apr 26, 2013 7:42 PM

    Shoot i thought it was Tank Johnson what ever happened to him.

  15. dirtydrew says: Apr 26, 2013 7:47 PM

    Trent Baalke at his best.this guy is beast and the Niners can give him the time to heal. He can come in at the end of the season and add the late season pass rush. Go Tank.

  16. gosfvr says: Apr 26, 2013 7:48 PM

    Nice pick. Hope the niners build a solid rotation this year with Justin Smith, Ray Mac, Tank and at least one more D lineman

  17. pgilbert15303 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:50 PM

    It’s so good to see the Niners in old form. Nine years of wondering if we would ever regain our greatness… Go Niners!!!

  18. nineroutsider says: Apr 26, 2013 7:52 PM

    If he proves he can play, Carradine will be on the field this year, not just next year. He won’t miss the whole season because of that injury.

    Love this pick; he’s a beast. He will help Aldon get better coverages to work against and more pass rush = better secondary play.

  19. forever9ers says: Apr 26, 2013 7:52 PM

    Wow! A top-15 prospect when healthy. Justin Smith’s new understudy & eventual successor. A absolute beast.

  20. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2013 7:56 PM

    Shoot i thought it was Tank Johnson what ever happened to him

    hes the fries guy at wendys in texas somewhere

  21. jmb795 says: Apr 26, 2013 8:45 PM

    He did not go to the Combine but ran a 4.75 40 time for the pro scouts only 135 days after ACL surgery. This 40 time would have been the 9th best Combine time for defensive linemen. 49′s can’t get the smile off their faces.

  22. baymac408 says: Apr 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    I like it!

  23. bkostela says: Apr 26, 2013 9:19 PM

    i can’t stand the niners but this is a great player. he could make an already dominant defense even better. he played 4-3 end in college though so it’ll be interesting how san fran uses him…

  24. realfootballfan says: Apr 26, 2013 10:43 PM

    Great pick. He’s going to be a beast.

  25. huskersrock1 says: Apr 26, 2013 10:48 PM

    Blacknole08

    All of these players got drafted but it really did add to the w column last year did it.

  26. forty9asty says: Apr 26, 2013 11:29 PM

    Love the pick, if this guy can heal on/ahead of schedule, he could be a major force in our (already stout) pass rush. Like many others, I figured they would go with the TE Ertz though. I was watching on NFLN, and they really whiffed on mentioning or showing tape on the TE we moved up and picked, Vance McDonald. Mayock got in a brief “who picked McDonald?” And when told the 9ers, said “wow, great”, but never mentioned anything else. Anybody watch him in college and can share any insight on him please?

  27. kev86 says: Apr 27, 2013 8:25 AM

    GMen got DaMonster at 81!!

  28. sfniners4life says: Apr 27, 2013 9:09 AM

    I liked hunt cause he seemed like a Justin smith 2.0 but this guy tank going be a beast for years to come and doesn’t have to rush back from the knee. Hoping we get lattimore now in the end of the draft with similar reason of dropping. The kid from auburn going offer a olb/ de gives us abunch of depth. We need another NT and a possible C and RG.

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