Tank Carradine got devastating news earlier today when he was diagnosed with a torn ACL suffered late in last night's loss to Florida.
The Seminoles lead the game heading into the 4th quarter but a big turn of momentum and some huge plays against a worn out Seminole defense gave Florida the 37-26 win. To add insult to injury, Carradine tore up his knee after the game was already out of hand and potentially did damage to his draft stock come April.
"Yeah, Tank tore his ACL," said Jimbo Fisher earlier today. "The draft will still be fine, he'll rehab. That won't affect those guys, maybe a round at the most. Sometimes it won't.
"He'll still play in the NFL and be very highly drafted."
This is a blow for Florida State, but a much much bigger one for the senior defensive end. No player had made more money with his play in 2012 than Tank Carradine and on a single play late in last night's game, he potentially lost quite a bit of it.
With how late this happened and the number of talented defensive linemen potentially coming out, Carradine could see his stock plummet a lot further than just a round. It could also be a negligible impact, but given the circumstances it's tough to see how this won't end up costing the young man millions.
The things Carradine does have going for him is that without a doubt he's one of the hungriest players to come through Florida State in a long time. That hunger's not going anywhere and I fully expect him to make a solid recovery and have a very good NFL career. But as Tank found out last night, nothing is guaranteed and as likely as he seems to translate well into the pros, he potentially missed out on a rookie contract that could have set him up for the rest of his life last night.
That really hurts.
As for Florida State, they still have a talented group at defensive end, albeit a much less experienced one. Giorgio Newberry and Mario Edwards were at times in over there heads against the Gators, but it's also important to remember that FSU isn't going to face anything close to that caliber of team again this year. Bjoern Werner is going to start getting even more attention over the final two games, but overall Florida State's defense should absorb this reasonably well given the competition over the final stretch.