As they look to fill the void created by Elvis Dumervil's departure, it was reported last week that the Broncos have been researching Florida State defensive end Cornellius "Tank" Carradine.
But if Denver is to acquire the pass rusher, they may have to move up from the #28 pick, following an impressive workout today by the 6-4, 276-pounder.
His senior season was cut short by a torn ACL suffered in late November, but an intense rehabilitation with the same trainer who helped Adrian Peterson to his remarkable 2012 comeback season has Carradine nearly back to form.
Tank did not participate in on-field drills at either event, but he put up 28 bench press reps at the national combine, and 32 more at FSU's pro day last month.
Carradine, who recorded 11 sacks and 80 tackles, says of the team that selects him next week,
They're going to get a hard worker, a guy who runs to the ball and is effective against the run and effective against the pass. I'm always inthe backfield, always chasing the quarterback and making plays on the other side of the ball. I bring a lot to the table. Teams will be very excited and say, 'This is a guy who will be in our system for a long time because he knows how to get things done.'
17 teams formally interviewed Carradine in Indy, but the Broncos were not among them.
- NFL, CBS draft profiles
- FSU profile
- Videos: Senior season highlights, combine interview, more footage against Clemson, Duke, Florida, Miami, NC State, USF, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest
- Our own Ted Bartlett likens Carradine to Robert Ayers
- Doug Farrar thinks Carradine has the best pass-rush ability of any 2013 prospect
- Don Banks saw Tank as a fit for Denver at #28, but that was prior to today's developments