Advanced scouting: Tank Carradine

Cornellius Carradine had 11 sacks in 12 games last season before suffering a torn ACL. Kim Klement/US Presswire

To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.

No. 2 defensive lineman: Cornellius "Tank" Carradine

Position: Defensive end

Height/weight: 6-foot-4, 276 pounds

School: Florida State

Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys have shown a willingness to draft players coming off major injury in recent years (Sean Lee and Bruce Carter), hoping patience pays off. It has with Lee and Carter and could with Carradine, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in November against Florida. He had 11 sacks in 12 games, as well as 13 tackles for loss before the injury. He is also considered an excellent run defender.

Projection: Second round

Stretch Truths: Junior college defense end who was very productive during his junior and senior seasons at Florida State. … Explosive off the snap with strong hands to shoot and shed. Has big upside. … Plays the game with the purpose and passion you want. … He played opposite Bjoern Werner, who gets all the attention, but this kid could really develop. … Love him if the Cowboys can get him in the second round.