With the 2013 NFL Draft drawing closer, SB Nation's analysts at Mocking The Draft have put together their latest 2013 NFL Mock Draft. This one includes projected trades, which jumbles the mock draft selections somewhat. When it comes to the New York Giants, however, SBN's Dan Kadar and Matthew Fairburn are stubbornly sticking with the player they have generally mocked to the Giants for the past two months -- Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine.
Carradine, who suffered a torn ACL in November, will hold a private workout for NFL scouts on April 20, that is this Saturday. The workout is certain to generate a ton of interest from teams around the league.
In a recent interview with Don Banks of Sports Illustrated, Carradine said teams who pass on him are "definitely going to regret it."
"When I get drafted, I have to prove to that team that I'm going to be the guy who can be all he can be, and not one of those guys who's never the same again after the injur," Carradine said.
"I feel like I have a lot to prove. But everybody's different in a rehab. In my case, I feel like I'm genetically blessed. Some guys are just ready to come back faster than others. I'm definitely going to be ready for the season. Adrian Peterson set a new standard. It's a serious injury, an ACL, but with the things they've got set up to help you come back now, it's got to do with how much you're willing to work and who you're rehabbing with.''
In a prospect profile of Carradine, Matthew Fairburn of Mocking The Draft compares him to Jason Pierre-Paul and says "Without the injury, Carradine is the draft's most complete pass rusher."
In his prospect profile of Carradine, BBV's Jesse Bartolis said "Carradine is every bit as talented a player as any other pass rusher in this class and as long as he's healthy is a real option for the Giants in the first round."
Banks wrote that "If he [Carradine] can give clubs a comfort zone with where he projects to be in his rehab by the start of training camp, he might wind up being a late first-round or early second-round steal."
Could he push himself into a position where the Giants don't let him get past the 19th overall pick? We will know a lot more after Saturday's workout.