Green Bay Packers NFL Draft prospect profile: DE Cornellius Carradine
Cornellius Carradine, DE Florida State
6-4, 276 pounds
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
STATS: College stats
Bench press: 28 reps
News and Notes:
Tore his ACL in late November, which makes his draft outlook murky. Projected as a potential top 10 pick before the injury, maybe even top 5. … Signed with Illinois out of high school, but transfered to Butler Community College due to academic issues. … Registered 26 sacks in two seasons to become the top JUCO propect in the country. … Signed with Florida State in 2011 and had 38 tackles and 5.5 sacks despite not starting his junior year. … Started 12 games as a senior, toaling 80 tackles and 11 sacks. … Tore his ACL in the regular season finale against Florida and missed most of the pre-draft process.
What they’re saying about him:
- National Football Post.com: “He uses his hands extremely well to slap the pass blocker’s hands down to stay free and can beat him inside or around the corner. Outstanding technique taking on run blocker at the POA, Carradine jolts blocker upright, holds ground, sheds and makes tackle consistently on runs at him. When left unblocked on the backside he does an excellent job of maintaining backside contain and making sure the play is going away before crashing down the LOS. When offenses try to “reach block” him on the backside he gets inside blocker consistently, keeps blocker on back and has elite speed chasing down the play in pursuit. On the handful of snaps that Carradine dropped off the ball into coverage he looked surprisingly smooth and fluid moving out in space and seemed to have a good sense and awareness.”
- CollegeSportsMadness.com: “Carradine is still most likely not considered a first-rounder at this point, but he could turn out to be a great find after Day One. He is 6’5” and 265 lbs. He has ample size, and he has proven he has the ability to chase down runners. The question is his consistency (he really has only had one solid year in 2012).”
- Not as quick off the ball as I thought he’d be. But he doesn’t get swallowed up by bigger offensive linemen. He’s explosive later in plays because he never really gets completely wiped out.
- Explosive after engaging his blocker. Once he decides where to go, he gets there in a hurry. Never out of a play because he uses his hands to keep his blocker off of him.
- The above traits mean he’s never completely out of a play.
- Seems very aware of his gap/contain assignment in addition to his obvious raw pass-rush skill. Doesn’t take himself out of plays by rushing upfield in an out of control manner.
- People who know more about this stuff than I do might tell you that my above bullet point means he’s tentative early in plays. I don’t know if I agree. Either way, he’s sure not tentative once he decides to make his move.
- Check out his stunt up the middle at about the 1:53 point of the video. If I was a QB, and I saw a guy with Carradine’s speed stunting up the middle, I’d poop my pants.
If drafted by the Packers:
All three of Ted Thompson’s previous first-round picks ended up on injured reserve last season. Thomposon also still has Justin Harrell on his first-round draft resume. Would Thompson want to risk picking a player less than a year removed from a major knee injury?
If Carradine didn’t get hurt, he’s an obvious early first-round pick. The guy looks like a stud. But his injury, combined with the fact that he’s only really had one season as a starter at a major college program, probably drop him to the second day of the draft. Of course, if team medical personell say he checks out fine and his recovery is on track, who knows?
If the Packers would take him, either at the end of the fist round or if he falls to the second or third, I’d like to see him play defensive end instead of outside linebacker. He might be small for a 3-4 defensive lineman, but a defense with Clay Matthews at one OLB, Nick Perry at the other and Carradine at DE sounds pretty good to me. I want to see more pass rush out of the Packers defensive line and Carradine could bring it, if healthy.——————
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