Tank Carradine impresses with 4.75 40 in pre-draft run


Count Tank Carradine as one of the more intriguing names in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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The talented Florida State defensive end was forced to sit out the pre-draft process while recovering from December surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. On Saturday, he gave NFL teams something to think about with an impressive personal workout.

According to Joe Reedy of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Carradine posted a time of 4.75 seconds in the 40-yard dash. To put that in perspective, 4.75 would have been the ninth-fastest time among D-linemen at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Carradine's workout came 135 days after knee surgery.

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported Friday that several NFL teams were planning to attend the workout, including the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah listed Carradine as his No. 31 draft prospect.

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In attendance for Carradine's workout were 11 teams: The Kansas City Chiefs, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Carradine, 23, has done his rehab work in Houston, working with the same physical therapist who helped Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson regain his superhuman form following reconstructive knee surgery.

Carradine was said to be doing well in the recovery process, and his 40 time on Saturday certainly backs that up. Don't be surprised if he sneaks into the back of the first round.

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