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Cornellius (Tank) Carradine, DE

School: Florida State  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 276 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
3041-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Good-looking athlete with agile feet and very good closing speed. Natural bend and flexibility around the edge with smooth lateral quickness and redirection skills. Quick in pursuit to force the issue and has the athleticism to recover from a false step.

Very good footwork to sidestep blockers to flatten and close on the pocket. Shows fluid movements and short-area burst, but also rangy. Active hands and limbs to swat and stay balanced through contact. Reliable in the open field, using his length to wrap and discipline to not sell out.

Accurate recognition skills and showed immense development in this area, setting the edge and making quick reads. Improved hand use to rip and tear, keeping low pad level through the process. Hungry player and his effort doesn't waver, going hard for all four quarters and rarely taking a play off. Chiseled frame and looks the part. Stepped up in 2012 after starter Brandon Jenkins went down with injury, producing excellent numbers.

WEAKNESSES: Still growing at the position and developing his pass rush moves. Didn't become a starter until his senior season with most of his playing experience coming at the JUCO level. Needs to continue adding strength and bulk to his frame, can be overpowered at times in the trenches.

Room to improve his snap anticipation off the edge with too many offsides penalties on his resume. Strong durability concerns after a torn ACL in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the 2012 season finale and may not be able to return to on-field work until training camp - or later.

--Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Carradine suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on a non-contact play late in the fourth quarter against Florida on Nov. 24. Less than five months later, he was able to work out for NFL scouts during an individual pro day on April 20.

Carradine was reportedly clocked at 4.93 seconds in the 40-yard dash - hardly blistering, but respectable considering the short window since his injury.

Although he entered the 2012 season as a reserve, Carradine replaced senior Brandon Jenkins, who was lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury in the opener. He had played his way into the first-round discussion with an excellent senior season, recording 11.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss through 12 games in 2012.

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 didn't work out for scouts until April 20.

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.

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LATEST NEWS
04/25/2013 - DANE BRUGLER'S FINAL 2013 DRAFT BOARD: 16. DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida State (6-4, 276, 4SR)...An ACL tear in November clouds his draft projection. But when healthy, Carradine is one of the most natural pass rushers this draft class has to offer. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

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