2013 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Predicting Picks 22-32

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28. Denver Broncos-Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State

November 26, 2011; Gainesville FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive end Cornellius Carradine (91) defends Florida Gators quarterback Jacoby Brissett (17) during the second half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida State Seminoles defeated the Florida Gators 21-7. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Because Elvis Dumervil bolted to Baltimore, Denver has a gaping hole at defensive end.

Dumervil was a playmaker who could hurry or sack the quarterback, and he helped the Broncos a lot. However, he’s gone, and Denver needs to fill the hole left by his departure and create another 1-2 punch with Miller and another defensive end. That other defensive end can be Carradine, who has the potential to become a star and allow Denver’s defense to remain at the top of the league.

Carradine tore his ACL in 2012, but according to Yahoo Sports, he looks fully healthy. In 2012, Carradine played in 11 games, and he recorded 11 sacks. In those 11 games, Carradine also recorded 80 tackles, or 7.3 tackles per game. The 6’5, 265 pound defensive end can get by strong lineman and bat down passes with his height, and because of that, Carradine can be a star. If he fully recovers from his ACL tear, Carradine will be a steal for Denver.

And he’d be a nightmare for opponents.