The San Francisco 49ers drafted Cornellius “Tank” Carradine with the 40th pick overall in the 2013 NFL Draft. Carradine sat out the entire 2013 season due to an injury he sustained late in his final year with Florida State University. However, this training camp he will be able to fully participate and so far he has impressed a lot of people.
With starting defensive end Justin Smith unable to practice due to offseason shoulder surgery, Carradine is getting most of the reps with the first-team defense, giving him ample opportunity to showcase his skills. What has stood out the most so far is his strength.
Throughout camp, he has been dominating offensive linemen almost every chance he gets, and with the cast of offensive linemen the 49ers have, that is no easy task. Carradine’s latest feat was on Wednesday during one-on-one drills against starting left guard Mike Iupati. The team was doing pass drills and Carradine knocked Iupati back a few steps. Something like this doesn’t happen very often, even when Iupati goes against the league’s very best on Sundays.
When teammates are asked about Carradine, they always have positive things to say. So far in camp he has shown that he’s ready to get serious snaps this season and make big contributions. Carradine’s effectiveness will also lend a hand in keeping Smith healthy through the later parts of the season. With Carradine and Smith alternating at defensive end, opposing offensive linemen better be working on countering the bull rush technique.