As we head toward April of 2013 and the NFL Draft, Warchant will take a look at the notable seniors (or draft-declared underclassmen) who train their eye toward the professional ranks. As the process moves along, these stock reports will feature updates. Next up in this series, Cornellius Carradine.
Position: Defensive End.
Weight: 265 pounds.
2012 Stats: 12 games played, 80 tackles (47 solo), 13.0 TFL, 11.0 sacks.
Career Stats: 25 games played, 119.5 tackles (83 solo), 21.0 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks.
NFL Draft projections: CBS Sports - No. 13 DE, Rd. 3 NFL Draft Scout - Undetermined, ESPN - Undetermined.
Cornellius Carradine is the second Florida State defensive end to suffer a season-ending injury in 2012. What is unfortunate for Carradine is his injury - a torn ACL - occurred in the final quarter of the Seminoles final regular season game.
A former junior college transfer, Carradine was without question amongst the most talented backup defensive ends in 2011. Once teammate Brandon Jenkins was lost for the 2012 season in Florida State's opener, Carradine flipped from the strong to weak side and started opposite Bjoern Werner. Carradine dominated in 2012, leading the Seminole defense in tackles while healthy. Before the time of his injury, ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. placed Carradine at No. 19 on his annual "Big Board".
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 favorably for a starter's role in the NFL.
Carradine at times appeared to tire early in games for Florida State, something he contended was due to his backup rep count. Carradine told reporters after September's win over USF that he had to readjust his preparation and in-game energy management in order to account for his new role.
Where does he fit in the NFL?
The question for Carradine is not where does he fit as much as it is how far does he fall? CBS Sports has Carradine being selected in the third round of the 2013 draft, while most outlets are flagging him for injury and holding off on assessments and projections. When healthy, there is no doubt Carradine can play either defensive end position at a high level in a 4-3 scheme.
Over the next three months, he'll look to show/improve
Carradine is in the unenviable position of having to show his medical records so his rehabilitation time and condition will be evaluated by NFL doctors. If his ACL recovery is routine, his stock will obviously go higher. Keep in mind that Carradine will be 24 at the time of the draft, so a quick recovery will have to be in the cards if he wants to be selected by the end of round three.
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