Tank Carder NFL Draft prospect notes

Tank Carder
6'3, 237 pounds | Outside linebacker | TCU

First word:
It's easy to see why TCU senior linebacker Tank Carder is one of the most popular players in the nation. He's an intimidating, relentless outside linebacker leading TCU's 4-2-5 scheme.

Carder has started the past two seasons for TCU and has 158 total tackles during his career. The Horned Frogs use him in a variety of different ways, so he should be able to play all three downs in the NFL.

It was a smart move for Carder to return for his senior season after considering entering the 2011 NFL Draft. This year Carder needs to show better strength and ability to shed blockers.

Bold statement:
Carder will be a star during all-star games, which will help improve his draft stock.

Games viewed: Wisconsin ('10), BYU ('10), Baylor ('10), Oregon State ('10), Utah ('10)



Tank Carder
6'3, 237 pounds | Outside linebacker | TCU

Notes:


• Is perhaps the best pure tackler in the nation. When Carder is on a ball carrier, the play is typically over. He's a good form tackler and doesn't stop until the play is over.

• Always seems to be around the ball, which is a testament to Carder's anticipation.

• In the run game, Carder can get washed out at times because he's not strong enough to consistently shed blocks.

• Is a relentless linebacker who keeps playing with effort even when knocked down or held up on a block.

• Does some of the play calling before the snap and routinely coordinates with the TCU secondary.

• Has been used at times firing off the edge on the blitz. Has a decent first step, but will probably never be a dynamic pass rusher at the next level.

• For Carder to be at his best, he has to beat the ball carrier to the point of attack. When Carder fails to do so, he can be neutralized.
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