September 29, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Cornellius Carradine (91) against the South Florida Bulls during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Cornellius "Tank" Carradine Continues to Rise in NFL Draft



It’s been 135 days since Florida State defensive end Cornellius “Tank” Carradine suffered a torn ACL late in the Seminole’s regular-season finale against the Florida Gators. It’s been a long recovery process for the man who looked to be locking up a top-15 selection in this month’s draft prior to his injury, and today was his first official workout in front of NFL scouts, and he posted a 4.75 in his 40-time in front of 11 teams:



Since tearing his ACL, Carradine has done his rehab work in Houston, working with the same physical therapist who helped Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson rebound to have one of the greatest single season rushing performances in NFL history following reconstructive knee surgery for his torn ACL.

Carradine clearly hasn’t let the injury get him down, as he’s remained highly motivated throughout the rehab process and believes he has a long, productive NFL career ahead of him:

My goal is to play 10 to 12 years in the NFL and be at least an eight- to nine-time Pro Bowler. I want to be a great player. I want to leave as a Hall of Famer.


In his final season at FSU, Tank amassed 80 total tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, and 11 sacks in just 11 games. He had 16 sacks as a sophomore at Butler County Junior College in Kansas and 16.5 sacks in two seasons after transferring to FSU.


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