Fantasy Impact: San Francisco 49ers selects Cornellius ‘Tank’ Carradine

Ross Miles looks at the fantasy value of Tank Carradine as a San Francisco 49er.

| 4 years ago
Tank Carradine

Fantasy Impact: San Francisco 49ers selects Cornellius ‘Tank’ Carradine


Tank CarradineWith the 40th selection of the draft, San Francisco grabbed another pass-rusher for their defense when they selected Florida State DE, Cornellius ‘Tank’ Carradine.

Carradine was a conundrum to scouting departments in the build-up to the NFL Draft as he’s an impressive one year starter for Florida State who tore an ACL just under five months ago. Throw into the mix he was playing opposite another of this year’s top defensive end prospects, Bjoern Werner, and talent evaluators need to work out who benefitted from whom.

Arguably one of the most explosive and natural pass-rushers in the class Carradine also impressed with a surprising awareness against the run game and he recorded 80 total tackles last season, a statistic that is eye-opening to any savvy dynasty IDP owner looking at defensive ends in their rookie draft. 11 sacks and 13 tackles for loss in addition to his gaudy tackles numbers is further ammunition to the argument that without the knee injury Carradine might have been a top 10 pick. Although we have seen super-human recoveries and the advance of medical science in recent years, we might not see Carradine have a meaningful fantasy impact in 2013.

Year School Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int PD FR Yds TD FF
2011 Florida State

24

14

38

8

5.5

0

0

0

0

0

0

2012 Florida State

47

33

80

13

11

0

0

0

0

0

1

Career

71

47

118

21

16.5

0

0

0

0

0

1

College statistics courtesy of Sports Reference.

Fantasy Impact

Another exciting prospect with top pass-rush skills who has landed in a sub-prime fantasy situation on a 3-4 defense. San Francisco is not a surprising landing spot for Carradine who flirted with him publically before the draft which led draftniks to suggest he could be the heir apparent for Justin Smith. It’s a comparison I like in the sense Smith’s fantasy value comes from his excellent play against the run game and topped off with a dangerous pass-rush, and Carradine’s 80 total tackles last season suggest he can also contribute in such a way. However, from a short term perspective there are two concerns with Carradine’s fantasy value; will he be on the field much in 2013 after his ACL injury and how will be used in the 3-4 scheme? As a defensive end or outside linebacker? Until we have some clarification on both counts his stock in redraft leagues is almost negligible, but in dynasty leagues he is an exciting stash for a few years down the line.
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Ross Miles is a lead fantasy writer on PFF Fantasy. He contributes IDP content to the site. He was the 2011 winner of the FantasyPros IDP Expert Rankings contest for both weekly in-season rankings and also for pre-season rankings and finished second in IDP rankings in 2012 and 2015. Ross is also a member of the FSWA.

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