Florida St. DE Tank Carradine tore his ACL 5 months ago. Late last week, he had his own individual workout for NFL teams. Tank Carradine is a beast:
Wow. Even without the torn ACL, a 4.75 40 would be an excellent time for a 6’4, 276 lb DE.
Here were the teams who attended Carradine’s workout:
I find it interesting that 8 of those teams are right in the same “end of first round / beginning of second round” range:
- 21 – Bengals
- 23/25 – Vikings
- 24 – Colts
- 28 – Broncos
- 29 – Patriots
- 30 – Falcons
- 31/34 – 49ers
- 36 – Lions
Is that an indication of where NFL teams think he’ll land?
The Falcons think they’re close to winning a Super Bowl. That’s why they traded 5 picks for Julio Jones 2 drafts ago, and that’s why they’re rumored to be trading up again this year. And well, they should think they’re close, considering they almost went to the Super Bowl last year.
Had Carradine not been injured, some people think he would be in consideration for a Top 5 overall selection. Carradine’s impressive workout so soon after his devastating injury could put him back in the first round, and I don’t think anybody would be surprised.
However, the Falcons would be an interesting landing spot. If Carradine turns out to be a star player in a couple years it’s a great pick, but in a way it would go against GM Thomas Dimitroff’s aggressive style of drafting players that can contribute in the short term. Will Carradine be ready to play Week 1? Theoretically, if you’re the Falcons and you feel that strongly that you’ll be in the playoffs, maybe you only need Carradine to begin producing near the end of the season, as opposed to other teams who are going to expect their first round picks to contribute from Day 1. It’s only April and the kid is running a 4.75 40. Where’s he going to be in September?
Two offseasons ago, the Falcons swung and missed on DE Ray Edwards. This offseason they cut John Abraham and signed Osi Umenyiora. The Falcons clearly want a better pass rush. A rotation of Carradine, Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann could be a force.
In addition to watching Carradine’s latest workout, the Falcons had him in for a visit. The Falcons’ doctors will ultimately determine if he’s worth the risk, but it appears the Falcons have serious interest.