Originally Posted by powda
I dont like Caradine that early...he only got to play because of an injury. Lots of scouts question his lateral movement skills. One description I read from a scout said he moved like he had rickets. He's also described as having zero technique/plan and almost exclusively a bull rusher.
There are a ton of videos of Carradine on YouTube. Long videos of a bunch of snaps from various games in 2012, pretty much every game (Virginia Tech
, Wake Forest
, South Florida
, NC State
). I think he is easily a second round player even after the knee injury. He would have been a first rounder if he had not been injured against Florida, in my opinion. I see Jason-Pierre Paul type of ceiling on this guy.
He has a huge wingspan and reminds me of ALOT of Jason-Pierre Paul. People may not remember that JPP was not dominate at South Florida and only had 6.5 sacks in his only year of football there. He was drafted on basically pure size and athletic ability. Carradine is similar in size and athletic ability but with more production in his one year of play. Both players are big defensive ends with long arms. They both were JUCO players that only got to play one season of big boy college football. Carradine actually played in 2011 quite a bit but wasn't a starter. Carradine compares pretty favorably to JPP as far as combine and pro day test numbers. JPP was 6'5 270, ran a 4.71 and lifted 19 times. Carradine was 6'4 274, didn't run because of the ACL injury and lifted 32 times at the pro day (28 at combine). Both have 34"+ arms.
You can watch the videos on youtube and see some pretty good lateral movement ability for a man of his size. As was the case with JPP at South Florida, Carradine was just stronger than almost everyone else he faced. That explains alot of the reason he used that bull-rush and his strength so often in 2012. Even still, he does get to the quarterback and get in the backfield in general in different ways. I project Carradine as a 4-3 DE. I suppose he could play OLB but I think a 4-3 team will covet him at one of their DE positions at a higher draft position, because that is really his natural fit.