Saying that the Dallas Cowboys got lucky in the 2010 and 2011 drafts wouldn’t be fair to the scouting department.
While it’s true that luck played its part in the selections of Sean Lee and Bruce Carter in the second round; luck cannot be the one that gets the credit. No, that credit goes to the Cowboys scouts and coaches who saw and valued them enough to know that when healthy, those two men are some of the most dynamic linebackers on the field.
So, in keeping with the Cowboys’ recent tradition of selecting first round talent that due to injury fell to the second round of the draft, one name that stands out, is that of Florida State defensive end Cornellius Carradine. If you don’t know who Carradine is, let me tell you about him.
Carradine, 6-4, 265 lbs. was considered one of the best players and pass rushers in college football before a torn ACL ended his season. He possesses an excellent blend of size and speed, which he used to rack up 11 sacks and 13 tackles for loss through 12 games in 2012. Prior to his injury, scouts raved about his lateral quickness and closing speed, but it was his aggressiveness, nonstop motor and his bull-rush that really caught everyone’s attention, and drew comparisons to Justin Tuck. As Cowboys fans, we should be pretty familiar with the havoc Tuck causes offensive lines.
Getting to the quarterback will be the Cowboys’ calling card as long they continue to deploy the Tampa Cover 2, so adding capable pass rushers will be crucial to their success, and Carradine has proven he can do just that. There’s no doubt that teams will be monitoring Carradine’s progress leading up to the draft. It’s very possible that Carradine won’t be there when the Cowboys pick in the second round, but if he is the Cowboys shouldn’t hesitate in adding him.