New York Jets 2013 NFL Mock Draft, Week 2: Second Round Projection Analysis

By Stephen Conway
Kim Klement-USA Today Sports

In reference to this week’s latest mock draft of the New York Jets, produced by Jon Presser, the second round pick is another pass rusher, who might be able to make some noise right from the get go.

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.

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