Instant Analysis: 49ers select Cornellius 'Tank' Carradine
SANTA CLARA -- The 49ers selected Florida State pass-rusher Cornellius "Tank" Carradine in the second round with the No. 40 overall pick on Friday.
The 49ers moved back six spots from No. 34 in a trade with the Tennessee Titans, who sent the 49ers the 40th pick, a third-rounder in 2014, and this year's seventh-round pick at No. 216.
CORNELLIUS "TANK" CARRADINE
Position: Defensive line
School: Florida State
Height/weight: 6 foot 4, 276 pounds
College career: Carradine was a consensus All-ACC first-team choice was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award, which goes to the nation's top defensive end. In 25 games at Florida State, Carradine started 11 contests, recording 118 tackles (71 solos) with 16.5 sacks, 21.0 stops for losses.
Scouting report: He is nicknamed "Tank" for the way he can march through double-team blocks. (Carradine said on a conference call with 49ers reporters that the nickname originated with his affinity for his Army tank play toy as a child.) Carradine is an explosive pass-rusher who appears equally comfortable lining up on either side. He sustained a torn ACL in his right knee in November, but he is way ahead of schedule on his rehabilitation.
How he fits: The 49ers did not have much of a rotation on the defensive front. Justin Smith, Ray McDonald, Aldon Smith and Ahmad Brooks rarely coming off the field as part of a regular rotation. The addition of a top defensive lineman allows the 49ers to keep those players fresh during the course of a game and for the entire season. As a rookie, it will be nearly impossible to break into the starting lineup but he can make a major impact as a situational pass-rusher.
In his words: "They're going to get a great person, a guy that's passionate about the game of football, a guy that's a team player, cares about his team, loves to win, just a great guy overall. A guy that's got a motor, a guy that is physical against the run, disruptive against the pass, and a guy that can shoot through gaps, and a guy that's just all over the field, and a guy that you'll want on your team that will come in and make impact plays on your defense."
--Tank Carradine at NFL scouting combine