-40 yard dash: 4.69 (11th best among linebackers)
-Bench press: 19 reps of 225lbs
-Vertical leap: 34.5 inches
-Broad jump: 121 inches
-3 cone drill: 6.89 seconds (2nd best)
-20 yard shuttle drill: 4.18 seconds (4th best)
-60 yard shuttle drill: 11.53 seconds (3rd best)
So I guess now NFL scouts know what we've already known for a long time: Tank is a good athlete. We also know that he's an incredible football player, but what do the so-called "experts" think about Tank as a draft prospect?
-ESPN grades him as a 5th round pick.
-CBS Sports grades him as a 6th round pick.
-The Sports Exchange grades him as a 6th round pick.
-NFL.com grades him as an undrafted free agent.
Really? I mean, I get that he's not huge by NFL standards and that he's had some injuries over the years. But Tank is just a baller, and I don't understand how anyone couldn't see that. If he's still around in the 5th round (or later), someone is going to get an absolute steal of a linebacker. Every single NFL team whiffed on drafting David Hawthorne after his incredible career at TCU, so you'd think they might've learned their lesson about overlooking Horned Frog linebackers.
I guess you could say that I'm pretty biased, but I do think some of these draft gurus take way too much stock in measurables and look sight of the actual game of football. At the end of the day, though, their overrated opinions mean about as much as mine. It's really up to the talent evaluators on each individual team to decide how good an NFL player Tank can be. But he's got his own opinions on things, and has been keeping his own NFL Draft diary for the folks at walterfootball.com. Enjoy reading it:
Tank Carder's Draft Diary.