With the 30th pick of the Blogging the bEast mock draft, the Atlanta Falcons select Tank Carradine, DE, Florida St.

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:

Tank Carradine 40

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:

Tank Carradine Falcons

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.

Previous picks:

1. Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M

2. Jaguars: Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan

3. Raiders: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida

4. Eagles: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon

5. Lions: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma

6. Browns: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

7. Cardinals: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

8. Bills: Ziggy Ansah, DE, BYU

9. Jets: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU

10. Titans: Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

11. Chargers: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama

12. Dolphins: DJ Hayden, CB, Houston

13. Jets: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida St.

14. Panthers: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri

15. Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas

16. Rams: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia

17. Steelers: Jarvis Jones, OLB, Steelers

18. Cowboys: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

19. Giants: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama

20. Bears: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington

21. Bengals: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

22. Rams: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International

23. Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee

24. Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA

25. Vikings: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida St.

26. Packers: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

27. Texans: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina

28. Denver: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida St.

29. Patriots: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

One Comment

  1. Was hoping New England could take him so the Boston fans could sing his name to the tune of Sweet Caroline

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