2017 NFL Draft

Tank Carradine, DE

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

04/25/2013 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: SIX GUYS WHO MAY SNEAK INTO THE FIRST ROUND: 5. Tank Carradine, DE Florida State: From Butler Community College to a backup at Florida State to off the bench for an injured starter to a torn ACL, Carradine ran well recently and in the eyes of a few NFL people might have passed his teammate Bjoern Werner. I'm not sure that he has really passed Werner, but he's in the conversation and could finish up this incredible journey as a first-round selection. - Pat Kirwan, CBSSports.com

04/25/2013 - ROB RANG'S FINAL 2013 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD: 33. Cornelius "Tank" Carradine, DE, Florida State: Carradine proved to be the more impressive overall prospect than either of his more hyped teammates, Bjoern Werner or Brandon Jenkins, in 2012. If not for concerns about his recovery from a torn ACL suffered Nov. 24, he would be a top-20 pick. He helped alleviate concerns about his health by holding a personal workout April 20. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2013 - 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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/21/2013 - Florida State's Carradine works out, runs 4.93...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. On Saturday, he attempted to answer the one question that could keep him out of the first round of the NFL Draft -- his progress from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.

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. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/19/2013 - Florida State defensive end Cornelius "Tank" Carradine burst onto the college football landscape in 2012, but his senior season was cut short due to an ACL injury against Florida on Nov. 24. He has been unable to work out for NFL teams during the pre-draft process due to the rehab process but plans to do a full workout on Saturday in Cincinnati. According to Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee, the 49ers are one of the dozens of teams expected to be in attendance. San Francisco currently has the 31st pick in the first round of the draft.

At the combine in February, Carradine said he was a "month ahead of schedule" in his rehab and hoped to work out for scouts prior to the 2013 NFL Draft. He did a little bit of running at the Florida State pro day in March, but is finally near 100 percent healthy.

Entering the season, Carradine was a back-up on the depth chart, but an injury to Brandon Jenkins moved Tank into the starting line-up. He started 11 games and finished second on the team in tackles (80), tackles for loss (13) and sacks (11). Based on talent, Carradine is a first round prospect, but the knee durability has been a question mark. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/08/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: There were 32 teams represented at Florida State Pro Day on March 19. They ran outdoors and the field was damp due to prior rain. It was about 70 degrees. Tank Carradine DL (6-4 3/8, 275 pounds) - He recorded 32 bench presses, but will do another workout April 4 at Woodward High School in Cincinnati. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

03/19/2013 - 2013 Florida State Pro Day: Defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine and running back Chris Thompson were each in attendance, but neither ran the 40-yard dash after suffering ACL tears near the end of last season. Carradine did impress with 32 reps in the bench press; Thompson did not participate in any drills. NFLDraftScout.com maintains Carradine is still a second-round pick. He's ranked 46th overall and No. 8 at a deep defensive end position. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2013 - 2013 NFL Combine, Medical watch: Players have the option of passing on workouts at the Combine, but every one of the 333 players invited will be subjected to a battery of medical evaluations that range from blood tests to X-rays to psychological testing. Some players have bumps and bruises that plagued them throughout the season while others are more serious.

One of the most-talented pass rushers in this draft class, Florida State's Cornellius Carradine, wasn't even a starter at the beginning of the season. But after an injury, "Tank" stepped up and had an excellent senior season until he tore his ACL in late November, which clouds his NFL Draft future. The progress of Carradine's knee could determine whether he is selected in the first round or falls to the second day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: DE-Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, 6-5, 267, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio (22), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. - Florida State football

12/01/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): DE-Cornellius Carradine, Florida State (77)...has been named First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Carradine, a senior who leads the ???Noles in tackles (80) and is second in sacks (11.0) and tackles for loss (13.0) and Bjoern Werner form the most productive defensive end tandem in the league. It marks the first time the Seminoles have had both starting defensive ends earn first-team All-ACC honors since the dynamic 1996 tandem of All-Americans Peter Boulware and Reinard Wilson. "They've been great all year," Fisher said. "I saw Boulware and Wilson. I didn't get to coach with them, and I know their numbers might have been a little higher, but these guys are pretty dadgum good themselves." - Florida State football

11/29/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 13: 2. DE Cornellius Carradine, 6-5, 265, Florida State: Why he has the second spot: Carradine had to leave Saturday's game against Florida in the fourth quarter due to a knee injury, and coach Jimbo Fisher announced Sunday that Carradine will miss Florida State's final two games with a torn ACL. He once again led the Seminoles in tackles Saturday with 11 while also tallying a half-sack and 1.5 tackles for loss. Because of his injury, Carradine fell 55 spots in CBSSports.com's player rankings.

Season stats (12 games): 80 tackles, 11 sacks, 13 tackles for loss, forced fumble, fumble recovery. Player ranking: Carradine is ranked No. 110 overall and is the No. 14 defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Carradine's season is over due to a torn ACL. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/29/2012 - 2012 TED HENDRICKS DEFENSIVE END OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: CORNELIUS CARRADINE - FLORIDA STATE 6'5" 265 lbs SR...Carradine recorded 80 tackles, 11 sacks and 9 QB pressures this season - this after being called upon to replace Seminole star Brandon Jenkins, who was lost for the season with a foot injury in week 1. Carradine has also now been lost for the ACC Championship and subsequent bowl game after suffering a torn ACL vs Florida this past week. But his effect on the Seminoles season cannot be forgotten. Carradine teamed with Bjoern Werner to form the most dominant defensive end duo in the nation (combining for 24 sacks, 31 tackles for loss and 14 QB hurries). - The Ted Hendricks Foundation

11/27/2012 - Defensive end Tank Carradine, Florida State's leading tackler, will miss the Atlantic Coast Conference title game and the Seminoles' bowl game after tearing an anterior-cruciate ligament in Saturday's loss to Florida. Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced on Monday that Carradine's season is over. He added that the injury occurred without contact. Not only does Carradine lead the team in tackles with 80, but he is second on the team in sacks, with 11, and tackles for loss, with 13. Freshmen Mario Edwards Jr. and Giorgio Newberry are expected to replace Carradine for FSU, which faces Georgia Tech in the ACC championship game. - The Sports Xchange

11/27/2012 - 11/26/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT FALLER: 3. Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State...It seems each week we are reminded just how cruel this game came be and not even the most talented players are immune from injuries. Two weeks ago, Penn State standout linebacker Michael Mauti went down with a knee injury and this past Saturday in the Seminoles loss to the Gators, senior Cornellius "Tank" Carradine suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on a non-contact play late in the fourth quarter. Although he entered the 2012 season as a reserve, he quickly made an impact as a starter when senior Brandon Jenkins was lost for the year with a Lisfranc injury, giving Carradine the opportunity to shine.

The injury is devastating news for Carradine who had played his way into the first round discussion after an excellent senior campaign, recording 11.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss through 12 games in 2012. Every player responds differently to knee injuries and scouts are hopeful he will return healthy at some point next summer or fall, but the injury will certainly hurt his draft stock with his health in question. Time will tell where he lands on draft weekend, but unfortunately for Carradine, it's fair to say his first round hopes are now doubtful. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/25/2012 - Once again, Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher called a player into his Doak Campbell Stadium office on a Sunday morning to bear bad news. For the second time in less than two months, he had to inform a senior starter that his season was done due to a torn ACL. This time, promising DE Cornellius "Tank" Carradine learned he suffered a severe knee injury. "He was sad," Fisher said. "A very sad moment." Carradine was hurt during the fourth quarter of FSU's 37-26 loss Saturday night to rival Florida. Making a cut during one play, Carradine's right leg just gave out, Fisher said. He wasn't struck by an opposing player, he didn't twist his knee trying to avoid a teammate. "He just blew it,"

Fisher said Sunday afternoon during a teleconference advancing this Saturday's ACC championship against Georgia Tech. Fisher contends his research has proven Carradine will be fine with respect to the NFL Draft. Although the potential first-round pick may drop slightly, with rehab and proper training, he could be healthy in time for training camps. Carradine had 11 tackles during Saturday's game. His 80 total stops lead the team. He also has 11 total sacks, a number surpassed only by fellow DE Bjoern Werner. - Coley Harvey, Orlando Sentinel

11/25/2012 - For the second time this season the Florida State Seminoles have lost a potential All-ACC pass rusher to a season-ending leg injury. Senior defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine went down late in the fourth quarter of the Seminoles' 37-26 loss Saturday night to intra-state rival Florida. A day later, head coach Jimbo Fisher informed the media that Carradine -- the team's leading tackler -- had torn the ACL in his right knee. Carradine had been inserted into the starting lineup in September only after another star Seminoles pass rusher -- junior Brandon Jenkins -- was lost for the year with a Lisfranc injury. Jenkins has since elected to give up the opportunity to take a redshirt this year to head directly to the NFL.

Once named a starter, however, Carradine quickly emerged as one of the nation's best all-around defensive ends, shooting up draft boards of NFL teams and NFLDraftScout.com, as well. Unlike his teammate, Jenkins, who relies on an explosive burst off the snap to wreak havoc as a pass rusher, Carradine had demonstrated a more versatile approach to attacking offenses utilizing speed, power and above all else, tremendous hustle to make plays behind, at and long past the line of scrimmage. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/25/2012 - Despite the injury, Carradine led the Seminoles with 11 tackles against the Gators and currently sits atop the team's leader board with 80 stops this season. He entered the game leading the team in both tackles for loss and sacks, as well, but was overtaken by Florida State's highest regarded defensive lineman, Bjoern Werner, whose 3.5 sacks against the Gators made him one of five players highlighted in NFLDraftScout.com's Weekly Rewind.

With only the ACC Championship Game against Georgia Tech and a bowl game remaining on the Seminoles' schedule, frankly, the timing of Carradine's injury couldn't be much worse for his NFL draft stock. While he'll have enough time to have the corrective surgery and begin his rehabilitation before April's draft, he isn't likely to be able to work out for scouts at the Scouting Combine in February. Furthermore, he may not be able to participate in mini-camps, training camp or perhaps even the start of the 2013 NFL season -- all of which could send his stock tumbling.

Fortunately, Carradine has terrific tape and it is hardly just from this season. While it is important to note that Carradine has just one season as a starter at the FBS level, he registered 38 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks while seeing action in all 13 games a season ago as Werner's primary backup at left defensive end. This year he starred at right defensive end. Carradine's production goes well beyond his time with the Seminoles, as well. He signed with Florida State as one of the top-rated junior college prospects in the country after recording an eye-popping 26 sacks in two seasons at Butler Community College. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

11/22/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 12: 2. DE Cornellius Carradine, 6-5, 265, Florida State: Why he has the second spot: Carradine had five tackles, 1.5 sacks, and a fumble recovery in Saturday's win over Maryland. He leads the conference with 10.5 sacks this season, and what's maybe even more impressive, Carradine has a team-high 69 tackles. He has had a monster year since entering the starting lineup for injured DE Brandon Jenkins, who will enter the NFL Draft.

Season stats (11 games): 69 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, forced fumble. Player ranking: Carradine is ranked No. 45 overall and is the No. 7 defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State takes on in-state rival Florida Saturday. Florida has given up 32 sacks in 11 games this season, which is No. 104 nationally. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/14/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 11: 2. DE Cornellius Carradine, 6-5, 265, Florida State: Why he has the second spot: Carradine was the best player on the field last Thursday in Blacksburg. He was all over the place and had a team-high 11 tackles. Carradine also had a sack, giving him the league lead with nine. For the year, Carradine is tied for the team lead with 64 tackles, which is remarkable for a defensive end. He also leads the team with eight quarterback hurries. Season stats (10 games): 64 tackles, 9 sacks, 10 tackles for loss, forced fumble. Player ranking: Carradine is ranked No. 45 overall and is the No. 7 defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State plays at Maryland on Saturday. The Terrapins managed just 180 total yards in their 45-10 loss at Clemson last week. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

11/13/2012 - 11/12/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: DE CORNELLIUS CARRADINE, FLORIDA STATE...He sets the edge very well and has shown much improved discipline to read the backfield and make quick decisions in the run game, obviously becoming more aware with added experience. Carradine has also proved to be reliable away from the line of scrimmage with the range to chase down ballcarriers - evidence by his team-leading tackle total. He originally had scouts thinking top-100 with his surprising play earlier this season, but based on his consistent performance as a senior and NFL potential, the first round is more of a realistic landing spot for Tank. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/13/2012 - 11/12/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: DE CORNELLIUS CARRADINE, FLORIDA STATE...Florida State senior defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine made this list a few weeks ago, but he deserves mention once again as he continues to ascend up draft boards around the league. Adding a sack last Thursday in the win over Virginia Tech, Carradine passed teammate Bjoern Werner for the ACC-lead in sacks with 9.0 through 10 games. He also leads the Seminoles in tackles (64) and ranks second on the team in tackles for loss (10.0). Against the Hokies, Carradine was outstanding and made his presence felt against both the run and the pass. He is a flexible athlete and looks fluid with his movements, using excellent lateral footwork to sidestep and flatten to close on the quarterback. Carradine plays with very good pad level and stays low to the ground, using his hands to rip and tear past the initial blocker with good bend. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/12/2012 - WEEK 11 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, Senior, DE, 6-5, 265, Cincinnati, Ohio,...Carradine turned in one of the most productive games of his two-year career in leading the Seminoles with 11 tackles in their 28-22 road win at Virginia Tech. His career-high 11 tackles - six solos and five assists - also included his ninth sack and 10th tackle for loss of the season. Carradine has helped the Florida State defense climb to No. 1 nationally in total defense and rank among the top four in each major statistical category. Carradine is currently tied with linebacker Christian Jones for the team lead in tackles with 64. - ACC football

11/08/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Cornellius Carradine, who goes by the nickname "Tank," was credited with four quarterback hurries in the Seminoles' game against Duke. That's a career-high total for the senior, who's in his second season with the Seminoles after transferring from Butler Community College. - The Sports Xchange

11/07/2012 - ACC: NFL DRAFT PROSPECT WATCH - WEEK 10: 2. DE Cornellius Carradine, 6-5, 265, Florida State: Why he has the second spot: Carradine is second on the team with 53 tackles, which is impressive for a defensive lineman. He also has eight sacks, which is tied for the league lead with Werner. Carradine entered the starting lineup when DE Brandon Jenkins went out with a foot injury, and he has taken full advantage of his opportunity. Season stats (nine games): 53 tackles, 8 sacks, 9 tackles for loss, 1 forced fumble. Player ranking: Carradine is ranked No. 44 overall and is the seventh-highest defensive end in CBSSports.com's latest player rankings. Up next: Florida State plays at Virginia Tech on Thursday. Carradine, still a bit of an unknown name around college football, will once again have an opportunity to make a name for himself on national television. - Sean Bielawski, CBSSports.com

10/01/2012 - WEEK 5 ACC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Cornellius Carradine, Florida State, Senior, DE, 6-5, 265, Cincinnati, Ohio Carradine registered a team-high nine tackles, including 1.5 quarterback sacks and a forced fumble, as the defeated South Florida. The Seminoles limited USF to 124 total yards after the first quarter en route to moving to 5-0 on the season, 30-17. Carradine's late third quarter sack of USF back-up quarterback Matt Floyd resulted in a fumble, which teammate Christian Jones scooped up and raced 12 yards into the end zone for the Seminoles' final score of the game. Through five games, Carradine leads the Seminoles with 28 tackles and 7 sacks, while his eight tackles for loss trail teammate Bjoern Werner by one. It is the second weekly honor of the season for Carradine. - ACC football

09/25/2012 - 09/24/12 NFL DRAFT SCOUT RISER: DE CORNELLIUS CARRADINE, FLORIDA STATE...When projected early round draft pick Brandon Jenkins was lost for the season due to a foot injury, it provided a chance for Cornellius Carradine to step out of the shadows and into a starting role to show NFL scouts he was much more than a glorified back-up. And so far, he has stepped up in a big way. A top-rated JUCO recruit a year ago, Carradine has 5.5 sacks through four games in 2012, matching his sack total from a year ago as a reserve. He also leads the team with 19 tackles and ranks second on the Seminoles with 6.5 tackles for loss, just behind future first rounder Bjoern Werner. Nicknamed "Tank," Carradine looks the part (6-4, 265) with good length and flexibility, showing the quickness off the snap to get around the tackle and make a play in the backfield. He is a hungry defender and plays with an aggressive approach to fight through the whistle and make stops in the open field. Carradine has improved his recognition skills from a year ago and is doing a much better job using his eyes to attack the play. He is still growing with his pass rush moves and has yet to face a NFL-level offensive lineman this season, but he continues to produce and stand out in every game. While he won't be drafted before Werner, Carradine could move into the top-64 picks if he continues to grow as a senior, possibly into the top-40 discussion. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/22/2012 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Tank Carradine -- One of the biggest emerging stars so far on defense. He leads the defense with 12 tackles in limited duty because of the blowout scores. He has 3.5 sacks and 4.5 tackles for a loss. He will be one of the key factors in slowing Clemson's running game with Andre Ellington and containing quarterback Tajh Boyd. - The Sports Xchange

09/17/2012 - WEEK 3 ACC DEFENSIVE LINE OF THE WEEK: Cornellius Carradine, Sr., Florida State, DE, 6-5, 267, Cincinnati, Ohio Carradine was once again a force for the nation's top-ranked rushing, scoring, pass efficiency and total defense as the Seminoles limited the Demon Deacons to 126 total yards and posted their second consecutive shutout of the season. FSU has yet to yield a touchdown in 2012, in no small part due to the senior defensive end, who has picked up the slack after All-American Brandon Jenkins' season-ending injury. Carradine finished with three tackles, including a team-high 2.5 quarterback sacks, and added two quarterback pressures against Wake Forest. Through three games he leads the team in tackles with 12. - ACC football

09/07/2012 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: Even with the competition, the Seminoles defense was impressive in their opener. Murray State had a respectable offense, finishing fourth last season among all FCS teams with a 37-point average and 461 yards per-game. But FSU completely shut down the Racers. The defense recorded six sacks, 11 tackles for loss, broke up 10 passes and the longest play allowed went for just 16 yards. This week, oh brother. PLAYERS TO WATCH: DE Tank Caradine will replace injured Brandon Jenkins and be expected to fill the void as a pass rusher. The other issue will be whether Mario Edwards Jr. or Chris Casher will be the backup and if both will give up planned redshirt season. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - Sixth-ranked Florida State hasn't played its second game of the season yet and has already lost two key defensive players for the year. The team's defensive leader, senior pass rushing star Brandon Jenkins, suffered a season-ending broken foot in Florida State's 69-3 win over Murray State last weekend -- just a month after senior cornerback and punt return specialist Greg Reid was kicked off the team. Coach Jimbo Fisher said Wednesday he's confident the Seminoles have enough talent to help offset the loss of the 6-3, 260-pound Jenkins. Senior Cornelius "Tank" Carradine moves into Jenkins' starting role Saturday against Savannah State while Atlantic Coast Conference defensive lineman of the week Bjoern Werner holds down the other starting end spot. Toshmon Stevens and Giorgio Newberry move into the top backup roles. - AP Sports

09/03/2012 - No team is so blessed with talent that losing a productive pass rusher like Jenkins is going to go unnoticed. The Seminoles, however, are seemingly as well prepared to handle the loss of Jenkins as any team in the country. FSU is athletic and deep up front and features another star at the opposite defensive end position in junior Bjoern Werner, a German native who was actually a more impressive all-around player for the Seminoles a season ago than the more hyped Jenkins. Werner certainly answered the bell against Murray State, recording five tackles for loss and four sacks in limited duty. Jenkins' replacement -- junior college transfer Tank Carradine -- posted nine tackles, including a sack Saturday. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/02/2012 - Florida State star defensive end Bjoern Werner cut off the question before it was even completed. What did it say about his team's defensive line that a player like Cornellius "Tank" Carradine wasn't even a starter? "No, no," said Werner, shaking his head. "He's a starter, man. It's ridiculous, you know what I'm saying? He's as good as we are. You guys know him a little bit, but you're going to see over the season, that guy's a starter." And a potential star in his own right. Werner and Brandon Jenkins are technically the starting defensive ends for the Florida State defense. And they are considered two of the best in the country. But as Carradine proved during Saturday's 69-3 drubbing of Murray State, he's not far behind. The senior, who began to come on strong at the end of the 2011 season, finished Saturday's season opener with a team-high nine tackles (two for loss), and he recorded a sack as well. With Jenkins, a preseason All-America pick, sitting out most of the final three quarters with a bruised foot, Carradine was on the field quite a bit. And at times, he couldn't be blocked. At 6-foot-5, 265 pounds, Carradine is a load to deal with in the running game, but he also has a quick enough burst to be trouble for pass protection as well. Like Werner and Jenkins, many draft prognosticators are confident Carradine will also be an NFL defensive lineman in the very near future. "He's not really a third defensive end," FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said with a laugh. "They're 1A, 1B and 1C. And he's doing a real nice job. That gives you a big luxury to rest guys and do some things." - Corey Clark, NoleSports.com


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