Photo of Tank Carder
Drafted By: Bills

Combine Results

Grade
53.0 ?
  • 4.69 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 34.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 121.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.89 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.18 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 11.53 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Carder is a highly productive inside linebacker with outstanding instincts. He actively hunts runners between the tackles and his fantastic feel for the game could give him a chance to find a role Buffalo's defense.

  • 6'2" Height
  • 31 1/2" Arm Length
  • 236LBS. Weight
  • 9 1/8" Hands

Overview

Carder has been a highly effective player ever since his shining performance during the Rose Bowl in January 2011. The reliable and consistent high-motor linebacker might not have the athletic ability to be drafted, but teams will have a hard time letting him get through camp unsigned. His competitiveness and toughness should land him a spot as a backup and special teams player. He didn't play much with the special teams unit in college, but he could be a contributor there in the NFL for years to come.

Analysis

Strengths

The Mountain West defensive player of the year was extremely steady. He is active in the run game and relies heavily on his instincts to diagnose plays and hit his gaps. He is big, strong and a productive tackler. He knows how to read offensive lines, and will fight his way into the NFL.

Weaknesses

Carder is a bit undersized and isn't fast enough to start in the NFL right away. His lack of athleticism can be exposed when he has to drop into coverage and scan the field for crossing routes. He needs to work toward the ball to be productive, and relies very heavily on instincts. Many will question his athletic ability; Carder must have strong workouts before the draft.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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