Cowboys’ Potential Draft Picks: Defensive Ends Stansly Maponga and Tank Carradine
At NBC, I broke down the play of TCU defensive end Stansly Maponga–a possible late-round target for the ‘Boys.
Maponga is an athletic defensive end who can get to the passer. A big reason for his drop in 2012 production was that he was double-teamed quite a bit. Freshman defensive end Devonte Fields benefitted from that, racking up 18.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.
As a pass-rusher, Maponga is quick off of the snap and displays a wide repertoire of moves. He relies on his speed rush, but he throws a really good spin move off of that—one of the best I’ve seen this year. Maponga is flexible and athletic enough to easily skirt his way around single blocks.
Check it out at NBC.
At Dallas News, I posted my scouting report on Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine. Here’s how much I like Carradine: if he didn’t tear his knee in November, he might be the top overall player on my board.
This is my first scouting report on Carradine, but I began studying him a few weeks ago. I liked Carradine’s game enough to rank him at No. 9 on my big board. It should speak volumes that I’d rank a player coming off of a torn knee in my top 10, but Carradine could potentially be the top player on my board if he were healthy. Carradine’s talent is so immense that I think some team will take a shot on him in the first round; I had him going No. 29 to the Patriots in my first mock draft.
Carradine really burst onto the scene out of nowhere, entering the 2012 season as a backup. The 6-4, 276-pound defensive end took advantage of an injury ahead of him, stepping into the starting lineup and registering 12 sacks and 13 tackles-for-loss in only 12 games.
As a pass-rusher, Carradine has it all. He’s big, strong, athletic, flexible, and explosive. He’s a natural bender who explodes off of the line and has the quickness to get to the quarterback in a hurry. Carradine’s change-of-direction is outstanding; he works well in short areas, but he’s great in the open field as well.
Carradine has powerful hands that he uses well in his rush. Although he has little experience, Carradine is rather polished as a pass-rusher. He has a wide array of moves; he can beat big offensive tackles with his speed rush, work a spin move off of that, or blow through smaller offensive tackles altogether with his bull rush.
Check out the rest of the report at DMN.