Well after the Prodays are over, workouts were being set up for various prospects that had undergone surgeries or rehabs for injuries that they sustained during the 2012 season. With an explosive burst off the snap and a high-revving motor, Florida State's Cornellius "Tank" Carradine quickly emerged as one of the most intriguing pass rushers in the country last season. Cornelius Carradine's workout was one of those much anticipated events, and it was held today in Cincinnati at a high school. The Denver Broncos were one of 11 teams that attended the workout watching closely if there were any lingering effects of the injury he sustained on Novemeber 24th.
Carradine was a back-up on the depth chart, but an injury to Brandon Jenkins moved Tank into the starting line-up, he started 11 games and finished second on the team in tackles (80), tackles for loss (13) and sacks (11). Carradine, who measures 6-5, 273 pounds, played right defensive end for the Seminoles and was the team's leader in sacks (11) and tackles before he went down with an ACL tear in November. He had surgery in early December, and now teams must figure out how to rate him in the draft.
At the combine in February, Carradine said he was a "month ahead of schedule" in his rehab and hoped to work out for scouts prior to the 2013 NFL Draft. He did a little bit of running at the Florida State pro day in March, but is finally near 100 percent healthy.
On Saturday, he attempted to answer the one question that could keep him out of the first round of the NFL Draft -- his progress from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee.
Reports were coming in via Twitter that Carradine ran a 4.75 or 4.85 40 yard dash, and the frenzy was on with teams' fanbases from all over clamoring that he was perfect for their team.
Carradine was clocked at 4.93 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a more than respectable time considering that the 6-foot-4, 276-pound pass-rusher injured the knee just under five months ago but slower than the 4.75-4.85-second times first reported by Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Reedy reports there were representatives from 11 teams at the workout, which took place in Cincinnati, Carradine's hometown. The Atlanta Falcons, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers were represented.
When healthy, Carradine demonstrated a more impressive skill-set than former teammate Bjoern Werner, the only defender in the ACC to register more sacks in 2012. He registered 38 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks as a junior after signing with the Seminoles as one of the more highly-touted junior college prospects in the country. Carradine recorded 26 sacks in two seasons at Butler Community College after academics kept him from attending the University of Illinois. While Carradine's workout is certainly encouraging, it does not mean he's necessarily ready to return to the field. Multiple league sources, in fact, have told NFLDraftScout.com that they believe he'll likely be kept from participating fully until training camp or later, which could push Carradine out of the top 32 picks, despite the fact that he clearly possesses the talent to warrant first round consideration.
The Broncos are definitely interested in the defensive end prospect, but with the depth of DEs in this draft I seriously doubt that they would trade up to get him.It would be like a "BPA" at 28 if he was there when (If) they pick. Taking a look at the DEs (Ansah, Werner, Jordan, Mingo) that should be gone before we pick, there is no need getting into a bidding war for this young man who will probably start the season on the PUP. If somebody takes him, then we have - Damontre Moore, Alex Okafor, Jammie Collins, Margus Hunt, Cornelius Washington, and on down the draft board that is filled with depth talent.
Let's let the Johns do their jobs, and we kick back and enjoy the fruits of their labor.