49ers Activate Tank Carradine from Reserve/NFI List

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The 49ers have activated DE Tank Carradine from their Reserve/NFI list and he is now part of the 53-man roster. To make room for Carradine the 49ers waived LB Jermaine Cunningham.

Here is what we had on Carradine when the 49ers selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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It would surprise no one that Florida State was the last school to have three defensive ends selected in the top 100 picks of the NFL draft; in 1998, they saw Andre Wadsworth (picked third overall by Arizona), Greg Spires (83rd, New England), and Julian Pittman (99th, New Orleans) come off the board by the early fourth round. Carradine?s talent could help the Seminoles repeat this feat in 2013, even though he finished the year on the sideline after seeing starter’s action for a majority of the season.

The Cincinnati product signed with Illinois out of high school, but academic issues forced him to enroll at Butler Community College. His 26 sacks in two years for the Grizzlies, including a nation-leading 16 in a 2010 season where the team lost the national junior college championship game, made Carradine the top JUCO prospect in the country. Several major college programs recruited Carradine to finish out his career on their campus, but Florida State won that battle. He played in all 13 games for the Seminoles in 2011, and despite not starting a single game, he had more tackles than Werner (38 versus 37), and his eight tackles for loss included 5.5 sacks. He finished the year strong, compiling four tackles and a sack against Notre Dame in the team?s 18-14 Champs Sports Bowl win. As a senior, Carradine was thrust into first string duties opposite Bjoern Werner after Brandon Jenkins was sidelined with a foot injury. He then went on to start 12 games, registering 80 total tackles, including 13 tackles for loss, 11 of which were sacks. Against Florida, however, Carradine tore his ACL and will miss a large portion of the pre-draft process because of it, including the Senior Bowl.

Analysis
Strengths: Carradine flashes explosion off the snap to challenge the lateral agility of right tackles, and can swipe them away with strong hands to slingshot into the pocket. He also plays with the leverage of a shorter player, brings a strong initial punch to bull lesser tackles off the ball, and simply shoves tight ends away like ragdolls in the run game. There?s certainly no issue with his motor, as he will hustle to the sideline if the play can be made.

Weaknesses: Though Carradine shows most all of the physical attributes teams covet in a defensive end, his lack of experience is a negative. And if he isn?t on the field for any extended period of time in 2012, it might be tough for scouts to give him a starter?s grade because they don?t know what his level of stamina against better competition.

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Bottom Line: On most other defenses, Carradine would have started as a first-year junior college transfer, but Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins limited his snaps in 2011. Still, he flashed real athleticism and strength and was able to take the starting right defensive end spot by the horns when Jenkins was sidelined for the season. Carradine appeared to be headed for a first-round selection, but a torn ACL will limit his work prior to April’s draft. The talent is certainly there, however.
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Carradine suffered a torn ACL in his right knee on a non-contact play late in the fourth quarter against Florida on Nov. 24. Less than five months later, he was able to work out for NFL scouts during an individual pro day on April 20.
Carradine was reportedly clocked at 4.93 seconds in the 40-yard dash – hardly blistering, but respectable considering the short window since his injury.

Although he entered the 2012 season as a reserve, Carradine replaced senior Brandon Jenkins, who was lost for the season with a Lisfranc injury in the opener. He had played his way into the first-round discussion with an excellent senior season, recording 11.0 sacks and 13.0 tackles for loss through 12 games in 2012.

The injury kept him from participating in the Senior Bowl. He posted an impressive 28 repetitions of 225 pounds in the bench press at the combine but otherwise didn’t work out for scouts until April 20.

When healthy, Carradine demonstrated a more impressive skill-set than former teammate Bjoern Werner, the only defender in the ACC to register more sacks in 2012. He registered 38 tackles, including eight tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks as a junior after signing with the Seminoles as one of the more highly-touted junior college prospects in the country. Carradine recorded 26 sacks in two seasons at Butler Community College after academics kept him from attending the University of Illinois.

While Carradine’s workout is certainly encouraging, it does not mean he’s necessarily ready to return to the field. Multiple league sources, in fact, have told NFLDraftScout.com that they believe he’ll likely be kept from participating fully until training camp or later, which could push Carradine out of the top 32 picks, despite the fact that he clearly possesses the talent to warrant first round consideration.

Analysis
Strengths: Good-looking athlete with agile feet and very good closing speed. Natural bend and flexibility around the edge with smooth lateral quickness and redirection skills. Quick in pursuit to force the issue and has the athleticism to recover from a false step.
Very good footwork to sidestep blockers to flatten and close on the pocket. Shows fluid movements and short-area burst, but also rangy. Active hands and limbs to swat and stay balanced through contact. Reliable in the open field, using his length to wrap and discipline to not sell out.

Accurate recognition skills and showed immense development in this area, setting the edge and making quick reads. Improved hand use to rip and tear, keeping low pad level through the process. Hungry player and his effort doesn’t waver, going hard for all four quarters and rarely taking a play off. Chiseled frame and looks the part. Stepped up in 2012 after starter Brandon Jenkins went down with injury, producing excellent numbers.

Weaknesses: Still growing at the position and developing his pass rush moves. Didn’t become a starter until his senior season with most of his playing experience coming at the JUCO level. Needs to continue adding strength and bulk to his frame, can be overpowered at times in the trenches.

Room to improve his snap anticipation off the edge with too many offsides penalties on his resume. Strong durability concerns after a torn ACL in his right knee in the fourth quarter of the 2012 season finale and may not be able to return to on-field work until training camp – or later.
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