Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, defensive end/linebacker out of Florida State, suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, which ended his 2012 campaign as a first round pick in the upcoming draft. Carradine had been in first round discussion after an impressive senior season, recording 11 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss through 12 games in 2012.
Carradine, with the depth on the defensive line and assuming they will draft defensively with their first round pick, would probably play a linebacker position for the Jets. The Jets are thin at the linebacker position, so they would look for Carradine to provide a spark for them.
Carradine is a good athlete, with agile feet, and excellent closing speed. He is quick at the point of attack and in pursuit. His footwork and active hands will help him a great deal as a pass rushing linebacker, and his hungriness will only better him as a player. Carradine is one of those players who goes hard for all four quarters; his stamina is amazing.
Carradine needs to continue to add strength and bulk to his frame, but he is an extraordinary prospect who has a great upside. There are durability concerns regarding Carradine as he is coming back from a torn ACL, but if he can stay healthy, there is no reason why he can’t be a big time player in the league.