The only reason why defensive end Tank Carradine fell all way to No. 40 overall was because teams feared the injury he suffered last year would be harmful to his career.
Carradine underwent surgery on a torn ligament in his right knee, but he claims he is just fine and ready to go.
“There’s nothing wrong with my knee, and there are no long-term things that could go on, because I’m healthy,” Carradine said on a conference call with Bay Area media. “I can run full speed. It’s the first injury I’ve ever had. I’m 4½ months out of surgery, and I’m doing as good or better as anybody who’s nine months out.”
The 49ers sent a contingent to watch his workout in Florida earlier this month.
“At the scouting combine in February, Carradine measured 6-4 and weighed 276 pounds,”according to the Sacramento Bee. “He also kicked out 32 repetitions of 225 pounds at the Florida State pro day last month – not bad for someone with 34 3/4-inch arms.”