Prospect: Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida StateTank Carradine

Height: 6’4⅛”

Weight: 276 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Hips have some flexibility as pass rusher
  • Lacks fluidity overall, movements very deliberate
  • Top end speed and burst to close leave something to be desired
  • More effective in open field than expected
  • Plays with wide base and exceptional balance, aids change of direction skills

Intelligence/Effort:

  • High motor leads to high production rate in tackles/sacks/hurries
  • Very disciplined eyes, finds football quickly
  • Football IQ and scheme understanding high for player with limited starting experience

Pass Rush:

  • Use of quality pass rush moves inconsistent, reliant on a sublime swim move though
  • Very strong bullrush with low pad level, needs to incorporate it more
  • Likes to slow-play his pass rushes, wait for QB’s who hold the ball to show their hand
  • Lacks significant burst off the snap, sometimes a half second slow
  • Superior strength in speed rushes, tough to wedge off of his pass rush arc
  • Non-stop nose for the football, never quits on rushes

Run Support:

  • Disengage limited by hand usage at times, relies heavily on raw strength
  • Leverages ball from outside to inside with consistency
  • Always keeps outside shoulder free and sets a hard edge
  • High tackle rate, sheds and closes on ball quickly, chases down plays

Technique:

  • Exposes too much of his chest at times as a pass rusher, hand usage raw
  • Hands violent with a heavy first punch if he can place it properly
  • Suitable pad level

Overall:

Physically, Tank Carradine has the tools of first round pick defensive ends.  Combine that with high production and you’ve got yourself an intriguing defensive end prospect.  He’s a powerful pass rusher with some upside.  Despite the high sack totals (16.5 in two seasons) the JUCO transfer is an even better run stopper.  He’s still a raw prospect when you look at the big picture.  Carradine is also coming off a season-ending ACL tear in a late November loss against Florida.  His rehabilitation will need to be checked out before a team can invest a high pick in him.  He leaves a bit to be desired athletically and will probably never be a league-leading sack guy.  Even so, he brings high value as a run-stopping defensive end who may still be an unshaped piece of clay as a pass rusher…a productive piece of clay at that.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Tank Carradine Scouting Report

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