With an explosive burst off the snap and a high-revving motor, Florida State's Cornellius "Tank" Carradine quickly emerged as one of the most intriguing pass rushers in the country last season.
According to a high-ranking league source, Carradine was clocked at 4.93 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a more than respectable time considering that the 6-foot-4, 276-pound pass-rusher injured the knee just under five months ago but slower than the 4.75-4.85-second times first reported by Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Reedy reports there were representatives from 11 teams at the workout, which took place in Cincinnati, Carradine's hometown. The Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers were represented.
The clubs represented make up an interesting mix of traditional 4-3 and 3-4 defensive-oriented clubs. It is a reflection of Carradine's talent and versatility.
Carradine recorded 80 tackles for the Seminoles, including 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks despite entering the year as a backup to All-ACC pass-rusher Brandon Jenkins. He was pushed into the starting lineup when Jenkins went down with a leg injury of his own. Carradine was injured while playing against Florida. The injury kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl. He posted an impressive 28 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press at the combine but otherwise hasn't worked out for scouts until Saturday's scheduled workout.
When healthy, Carradine demonstrated a more impressive skill-set than former teammate Bjoern Werner, the only defender in the ACC to register more sacks in 2012. He registered 38 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks as a junior after signing with the Seminoles as one of the more highly-touted junior college prospects in the country. Carradine recorded 26 sacks in two seasons at Butler Community College after academics kept him from attending the University of Illinois.
While Carradine's workout is certainly encouraging, it does not mean he's necessarily ready to return to the field. Multiple league sources, in fact, have told NFLDraftScout.com that they believe he'll likely be kept from participating fully until training camp or later, which could push Carradine out of the top 32 picks, despite the fact that he clearly possesses the talent to warrant first round consideration.