Originally posted by JamesGatz83:
Originally posted by buck:
At the combine, Cornelius Carradine was 6'4 and weighed 276 lbs, which means he is closer in size to Justin Smith than he is to Aldon Smith.
Carradine is basically the same size as Datone Jones. Jones was 6'3 7/8 and weighed 283 lbs.
Carradine has longer arms-- 34 3/4"-- Jones' arms were 32 3/4".
Cornelius Washington, an OLB from Georgia, was 6'4 and weighed 265 lbs.
Maybe, you got them confused.
Size is not the only factor. Datone Jones is an interior player, Tank Carradine is an edge player. Asking Carradine to knock down inside would be a waste of his ability as an edge rusher.
As an FSU fan, I saw a lot of his ability to turn the corner and drop his shoulder. He is a tremendous edge rusher, and he would be absolutely wasted at 3-4 DE.
I originally suggested Carradine as a 3rd round alternative pick to the OP's choice of Darius Slay (CB). I agree he's more of a 4-3 edge rusher and 3-4 DE is a very different position. There would be a learning curve for sure. But the dude is athletic and we would have time to develop him. Due to his ACL injury, he probably shouldn't be slated to play much initially anyway.
In our defense, the 3-4 DE often is an edge rusher when the OLB drops into coverage. In those scenarios, it would be handy to have a guy with some pass rush ability. He also has a very powerful bull-rush (an important skill for 3-4 DEs). And at 6'4" 276, he could easily gain 10 pounds and be close in size to Justin Smith (BTW Justin Smith was a 4-3 DE when he came into the league as well).
He has all the physical tools to be our Justin Smith replacement some day. If he lasts to the end of the 2nd or early 3rd, we should snatch him up.
[ Edited by blm7754 on Mar 11, 2013 at 7:44 AM ]