Eagles Check Out FSU DE ‘Tank’ Carradine

Yesterday, we discussed the Eagles’ front seven and came to the conclusion that Howie Roseman and company still need to add some versatile defensive linemen.

So it makes sense that the team hosted Florida State’s Cornellius “Tank” Carradine for a pre-draft visit on Monday, according to Adam Caplan.

Carradine (6-4, 276) had 11 sacks and 13 tackles for loss last year. He appeared in 12 games, but tore his ACL during a Nov. 24 matchup against Florida.

Carradine’s measurables match much of what the Eagles have been looking for in free agency. Not only is he 6-4, but Carradine has 34 3/4-inch arms. Those numbers are nearly identical to Fletcher Cox (6-4, 34 1/2), but Carradine is 22 pounds lighter.

As for fit, it’s tough to say without knowing the details of the Eagles’ scheme. But Carradine appears to have a versatile skill set. Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports wrote a good scouting report on Carradine and noted that he could be an interior rusher on pasing downs. He compared Carradine to Aldon Smith:

It’s a real shame that Carradine was hurt in the 2012 season, because I’m pretty sure he would have been my #1 pass-rusher in this draft class had he stayed healthy and played at this level all the way through. Unlike some of the smaller speed ends, there are no strength issues here, and he doesn’t have a risk of long-term health issues like Georgia’s Jarvis Jones does with the spinal stenosis diagnosis. Carradine’s linemate Werner may have a better ability to read and diagnose plays before they happen, but Carradine is by far the better pass-rusher, and given his improvement in diagnosing stuff at the line, I have little doubt that he’ll be fine in this area as well. Put simply, had Carradine stayed healthy, it would be his name, and not Werner’s, you’d see at or near the top of a lot of boards at the defensive end position.

The real question with Carradine is his knee. According to BuffaloBills.com, he’s working with the same doctors and physical therapists that Adrian Peterson used in his rehab.

Carradine is expected to be a first- or second-round pick. He could be an interesting option for the Eagles at No. 35 overall if he’s still on the board.

We’ll do a longer draft profile on Carradine, but below is a Draftbreakdown.com cut-up from a game last year against Virginia Tech in which he was in on 11 tackles and had a sack.

And don’t forget to check out our draft tracker for all the reported visits and workouts.

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  • JofreyRice

    Hunh. That’s interesting. It makes you wonder if they are going to a 4-3 under at all. Where would they play Carradine? I don’t think he’s a 5 technique End in a 3-4, and hasn’t had any experience playing LB in college. His best fit would be the weakside passrushing spot–either from a 2 or 3 point stance. Don’t we have like 3 other guys that are slated for that position? He’s an awesome passruhser–I doubt this guy even makes it out of the first, even with the knee injury–but would investing a 2nd round pick in another Predator make sense with Cole, Graham and Curry all on board?

    • GGeagle21

      Man, I would not hesitate to draft hm in RD 2…had he not gotten hurt, he would probably int he conversation for 1st pick overall.SERIOUS Talent! I swear I would watch FSU to see Bjoern, yet it usually ended up being the TANK show…He would be too talented to pass up, and I think he is versatile enough that we can do some things with him..Predator is Obvious, but I can see him putting on some weight and playing 5tec as well…or he could very well be a Justin smith type in a 3-4…We just brought in Victor Butler for a visit, that tells me they aren’t set at LB…I don’t think they are married to Trent or Graham. I would say that Graham would be a lock for our future, except he is entering a contract year, so he has to basically prove he can play a position other than 4-3DE in only a month or two, before the deadline passes for contract extension…If he isn’t extended, I could see a 4-3 team going after him real hard on the market, in that case It would not surprise me to see us walk away, and just go younger. I think Phillip Hunt is already gone. I suspect we will try to get anything for him in a trade, if not he will be cut sometime before September….To tell you the truth, out of all our predators, I think the one with the best chance of being part of our Long term future is Vinny Curry, because two Of our new coaches, coached him at Marshall, and because I really expect a lot out of Vinny. THe Kid can be special, and I have the most faith in him being able t make the switch to OLB….just my 2cents

      • nicksaenz1

        I tend to agree with you about Curry, however, he has yet to show anything substantive. I do like the transformation he made to his body, though, basically going from 270 with some fat to 270 and freakin’ jacked. As for Cole, we’re not married past 2 years when his contract basically dictates he gets released. I think they’re saving cap room for a Graham breakout. They have to save roughly 6 mil for rookies and another 1-2 for practice squad, leaving them roughly 15mil in cap space still. They’ll definitely leave some room for carryover to next year to make his contract happen if he earns it this year.

    • ICDogg

      I do think we have stronger needs. But in the first couple of rounds, I think immediate needs are less of a consideration than just upgrading the level of talent.

      • GGeagle21

        Agreed…we just laid a competitive depth foundation on the defensive side of the ball in TE agency..now we just need to start stacking talent on top of that locker room foundation. C-Dub and Barwin will be major parts of our Defense moving forward, but none of our other acquisitions are safe in terms of starting..Just snatch up all the top defensive talent you can draft in the early rounds…If you just don’t miss on prospects. And take the most talented..with two drafts we could have something special in place…DT is one of the strengths of this draft, so that need will probably get filled by just sticking to BPA

  • xlGmanlx

    Could he be this year’s Vinny Curry? He probably could add 10-15 lbs to his frame in the NFL. Having too much talent on the line is a problem I would like to see Chip Kelly try and solve.

  • Fink

    He looked great against the run on this tape. If he can add 15 pounds or so, I think he’d be an excellent 5 technique. I can picture him and Cox terrorizing O-Lines. He’s got great length and can stop the run, and he still has great pass rushing skills. Would love to grab him in the 2nd round.

  • southy

    I know we love us some pass rushers, but there are plenty of spots on this football team that could use a talent upgrade, and we had a logjam at DE this past year, and we just signed Barwin.