San Francisco 49ers: Why Tank Carradine Is Primed for Big Things in 2014

May 31, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Cornellius "Tank" Carradine was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 40th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He was a first-round talent that slipped to the second round, due to a torn ACL he suffered in November.
Now fully healthy, Carradine will battle Justin Smith and Ray McDonald for playing time at the defensive end position. At a minimum, he will be a valued member of the rotation along the 49ers' defensive front.
Carradine was having a monster season prior to his injury, which occurred in Florida State's last regular season game of 2012. Carradine had 80 tackles, including 47 solo and 11 sacks, according to Rivals.com.
Rivals.com had glowing praise for Carradine. Here's an excerpt of what it had to say:
Carradine has a blend of immense burst and power off the line of scrimmage and possesses the speed to help against perimeter runs and passes. His tackle count for 2012 is unheard of for a defensive end, and that in combination with his size projects ...

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