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Niners select Tank Carradine

  • irief
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Originally posted by frankie:
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Originally posted by irief:
Is there a definitive answer on whether Carradine will be playing DE or OLB? Watching his highlight reel and from his quotes from his pro day, it seems like he is more suited to play OLB in a 3-4. The kid has some impressive speed and seems to explode off of the ball and get after the QB. His forte seems to be rushing passer from the outside, and I'm not sure how taking up blockers as a 3-4 DE is going to suit him. Either way, I'm excited to see what he can do on the field.

Baalke said he'd be a DE on draft day. I haven't heard any different since then. Also, in the photos from practice the other day it looks like he's put on some beef.

This what i've read n seen as well!

As long as they let him come off of the edge, either standing or with his hand in the dirt, often enough. That's where I think he's going to do most of his damage. He's a monster getting after the QB and chasing down runners in the back field. Tying up blockers, which is how our DE seem to be used, would be kind of a waste of his potential.

Also, I was trying to find out if he had put on any weight. Does anyone have any sources on this?
Originally posted by irief:
As long as they let him come off of the edge, either standing or with his hand in the dirt, often enough. That's where I think he's going to do most of his damage. He's a monster getting after the QB and chasing down runners in the back field. Tying up blockers, which is how our DE seem to be used, would be kind of a waste of his potential.

Also, I was trying to find out if he had put on any weight. Does anyone have any sources on this?

Had not read anything on it, but Tank was drafted at 276 lbs.. which is heavier than Justin Smith when he came to SF. I agree that he would be best suited as a 4-3 DE getting around the edge or inside on stunts. I think he has the frame to add some weight, but yeah.. being used inside as a 3-4 DE could take away from his skills.

... but hey, I didn't expect Justin to become a dominant 3-4 End either... so I will easily defer to the greatness of Jim Tomsula.
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Had not read anything on it, but Tank was drafted at 276 lbs.. which is heavier than Justin Smith when he came to SF. I agree that he would be best suited as a 4-3 DE getting around the edge or inside on stunts. I think he has the frame to add some weight, but yeah.. being used inside as a 3-4 DE could take away from his skills.

... but hey, I didn't expect Justin to become a dominant 3-4 End either... so I will easily defer to the greatness of Jim Tomsula.

I think he is going to do well at whatever position he gets put at, the guy actually looked better than Werner when you watch the game film from his college days.
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
I think he is going to do well at whatever position he gets put at, the guy actually looked better than Werner when you watch the game film from his college days.

I liked both Tank and Werner, but yeah... not at all something to be concerned about at this point.
This isnt a set in stone thing. I mean picture this if you will.

Carradine- Smith- McDonald- A Smith

On passing downs tis dumb.

He can still rotate in for RayMac and Cowboy and ultimately this may be his primary job.

Putting Tank on the edge takes snaps away from Lemons and we dont need to do that.

For some reason I feel like starting Tank in his college position would instantly produce the sack.

It takes a technician to work inside and I dont think Tank has had enough time with Tom.

Who knows if that even matters tho.
Seems like they might work Carradine in sort of like they did Aldon Smith his first year except he would be substituting for McDonald or Justin Smith on passing downs. It would simplify his reads initially and let him use his fresh legs to crash the pocket hard while giving McDonald and Justin Smith a nice breather.
Originally posted by 49erphan:
Seems like they might work Carradine in sort of like they did Aldon Smith his first year except he would be substituting for McDonald or Justin Smith on passing downs. It would simplify his reads initially and let him use his fresh legs to crash the pocket hard while giving McDonald and Justin Smith a nice breather.

I'd rather have RayMac and Smith in for passing downs and Carradine for running downs as a sub in.
I have hopes for Carradine but lets not get ahead of ourselves here. He may not come in and be an instant contribution.
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Had not read anything on it, but Tank was drafted at 276 lbs.. which is heavier than Justin Smith when he came to SF. I agree that he would be best suited as a 4-3 DE getting around the edge or inside on stunts. I think he has the frame to add some weight, but yeah.. being used inside as a 3-4 DE could take away from his skills.

... but hey, I didn't expect Justin to become a dominant 3-4 End either... so I will easily defer to the greatness of Jim Tomsula.

I think he is going to do well at whatever position he gets put at, the guy actually looked better than Werner when you watch the game film from his college days.

So weird to have so many injured draftees who may be super stars once healthy...nice work Baalke! Lattimore and Carradine could be eventual replacements for two current all pros...Gore and J Smith.
I want a 3rd down package that consists of Justin, Aldon, Corey, Ahmad and Tank, all standing and rushing the passer. It will never happen but one can dream.
[ Edited by natrone06 on Oct 23, 2013 at 7:14 PM ]
Originally posted by natrone06:
I want a 3rd down package that consists of Justin, Aldon, Corey, Ahmad and Tank, all standing and rushing the passer. It will never happen but one can dream.

As long as I'm not the QB it's fine with me! Would be fun!
Originally posted by dtg_9er:
Originally posted by Memphis9er:
Originally posted by Mr.Mcgibblets:
Had not read anything on it, but Tank was drafted at 276 lbs.. which is heavier than Justin Smith when he came to SF. I agree that he would be best suited as a 4-3 DE getting around the edge or inside on stunts. I think he has the frame to add some weight, but yeah.. being used inside as a 3-4 DE could take away from his skills.

... but hey, I didn't expect Justin to become a dominant 3-4 End either... so I will easily defer to the greatness of Jim Tomsula.

I think he is going to do well at whatever position he gets put at, the guy actually looked better than Werner when you watch the game film from his college days.

So weird to have so many injured draftees who may be super stars once healthy...nice work Baalke! Lattimore and Carradine could be eventual replacements for two current all pros...Gore and J Smith.

True that, after we had hit 1-2 there where many hating how we drafted so many injured! Looks like baalke n harbs prooved right on this. Thankfully so, we can use the added depth on dline. Once tank gets activated who is the odd man out tho. Tje, dobbs, dial is a keeper he was just activated! Or do we let go of namdi? Kinda see us keeping namndi just in case as insurance for pkayoffs idk. Gonne be gettin interesting very soon here ladies n gentleman
When is this "Tank" dude supposed to play?
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A 4 man rush consisting of a combination of McDonald (DT), Smith (DT), Brooks (DE), A. Smith (DE), Carradine (DE/DT), and Lemonier (DE). That's 3 DTs and 4 DEs rotating along the defensive line...increasing the effectiveness throughout the game.

Plus, I wouldn't mind seeing Dial in there playing the role of Justin Smith - taking on a double team to set up a stunt for Aldon/Brooks/Lemonier.
Originally posted by ElephantHaley:
When is this "Tank" dude supposed to play?


He'll be activated after the bye or they have to put him on IR. Once activated I find it hard to believe he won't dress.

Poor Cam gunna be running for his life that game. Aldon will probably be active as well by then.