Florida State Defensive End Tank Carradine Lost With Torn ACL
The Florida State Seminoles football program took another hit today as head coach Jimbo Fisher announced that star defensive end Tank Carradine is going to be out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL.
This is the second defensive end the Seminoles have lost for the year. Earlier in the season All-American Brandon Jenkins suffered a foot injury and has missed the entire season as well. Jenkins has been recovering quickly, plans to declare for the NFL draft and wants to be able to work out fully in offseason programs by April 2013.
Carradine, on the other hand, is in a different boat. With an ACL tear in November, roll the calendar forward you are looking at somewhere in the area of next September before he’ll be able to do anything really football related. For those of you who want to reference Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, keep in mind that he is a cyborg built in a lab and nothing like the rest of us.
Carradine was having a great season and really anchoring the Seminoles defensive line in lieu of Jenkins being on the field. In my grading process, I had Carradine firmly as a mid 2nd round pick, mainly because with his body type he’d be an excellent fit in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defense, and not being scheme specific makes a so much difference in your draft stock. At this point if he were to clear medically, I can see a team taking a shot on him in the 3rd or 4th round on his potential and upside alone.
But this isn’t about the draft or any of that. This is about a really unfortunate injury to an excellent young man and student athlete. Here is to him having a fully and speedy recovery, regardless of what the draft may hold.
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