San Francisco 49ers: 10 Pros Who Could Lose Jobs to 2016 NFL Draft Prospects
By Peter Panacy
Defensive End Tank Carradine
Fourth-year pro Tank Carradine may already be on the roster bubble after he’s failed to produce much of anything substantial in the time since the Niners drafted him in Round 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Over that stretch, Carradine has one missed season, 30 tackles and four sacks — relatively paltry numbers for a player who was regarded as one of the most prolific pass-rushers coming out of college.
San Francisco is expected to move Carradine from defensive end to a traditional edge-rusher position, which is more to the type of play he experienced at Florida State. The 49ers have asked Carradine to drop some weight as well.
This could be Carradine’s final saving grace in Santa Clara. And yet if the 49ers go with a pass-rusher or two in the NFL Draft, such a selection could push Carradine out the door.
Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa could be fit if he falls to San Francisco at No. 7. And fellow Buckeye Darron Lee is pretty enticing. Georgia’s Leonard Floyd could also be a fit if the 49ers traded down a bit.
The good thing for Carradine is that defenses can never have too many pass-rushers. And yet Carradine will still have to prove he’s worth keeping around.
It’s been hard to say he’s done so thus far.
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