Had it not been for a torn ACL late in the college football season, there would be few, if any, questions about Tank Carradine’s status as a first round draft pick.
While some Detroit Lion fans might balk at the thought of taking another player recovering from a severe injury, Carradine being available in the early part of the second round would be a near dream scenario for the Lions if they don’t use their first pick on a pass rusher. With a complete overhaul of the defensive end roster, the Lions might not be opposed to coming out of this draft with a pair of young pass rushers.
After yesterday’s developments, Carradine may no longer be an option. Five months removed from a torn ACL, Carradine worked out for NFL teams and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.75 second – that would have been good enough for a top ten time among defensive linemen at the combine. The importance of the 40 is often overstated but in this case it is very important as it speaks to the progress Carradine has already made in his recover. Based on that, teams can focus more on the impressive tape he put together as a member of the Florida State football team while minimizing the impact of the injury on their evaluation of his draft stock.
The Chiefs, Browns, Saints, Bengals, Vikings, Colts, Broncos, Patriots, Falcons and 49ers were the other clubs reported to have been on hand. Important to note a number of those teams will pick in the mid to late portion of the first round. With so much to like, is it still possible that Carradine is an option for the Lions in the second round? It seems less likely and the good news is we are down to just a few days until we find out for sure.