In a strong class of defensive ends, Cornellius "Tank" Carradine is one of the best. Coming from the JUCO ranks, he played backup to Brandon Jenkins before Jenkins suffered a season-ending injury. Carradine stepped in as the starter immediately and never looked back.
Mostly overshadowed by Bjoern Werner, Carradine was able to rack up 11 sacks on the season, falling just 1.5 sacks short of being the team leader.
Standing at 6'5", 265 pounds, "Tank" has the ideal body to play defensive end in 4-3 system.
Late in the season, Carradine suffered a torn ACL against Florida. Were it not for the injury, he may have been the first defensive end to hear his name called at the draft—even ahead of Werner. He has a great combination of athleticism and power, allowing him to beat tackles with a speed rush while also being strong enough to push them back.
Durability is a question with Carradine, but if he responds positively after the injury, he can end up being the best pass-rusher of this draft.
Here are a few highlights of Carradine's college career.