What does Tank Carradine bring?

October, 31, 2013
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The San Francisco 49ers activated Tank Carradine from the PUP list on Thursday and he will be ready to play when the team return from the bye Nov. 10 against the Carolina Panthers.

What are the 49ers getting in Carradine, a Florida State product who tore an ACL in his knee last season?

The 49ers, who have won five straight games, are adding a player who would have been drafted high in the first round had he been healthy. The 49ers took Carradine with the 40th overall pick in the draft and will be awarded for their patience.

I spoke to Scouts Inc. draft expert Steve Muench about his thoughts on Carradine. His words have to excite 49ers’ fans. Even with the injury Scouts Inc. gave Carradine a grade of 89, which is the highest grade a second-round pick can get. Muench thinks the 49ers got a steal.

“One of my favorite players on tape last year,” Muench said of Carradine. “I felt strongly that a team should have taken him late in the first despite the knee injury. Risk versus reward that good in my opinion.”

Muench thinks Carradine could have gone as high as No. 12 to the Jets or No. 17 to the Steelers if he was healthy.

“If he can stay healthy, I think the 49ers are getting a first-round talent for the stretch run,” Muench said. “He’s tough against the run and he has all the tools to quickly develop into a productive pass-rusher.”

While the 49ers (6-2) are preparing for the likely returns of major impact players Michael Crabtree, Mario Manningham and Aldon Smith, Carradine's NFL debut should not be undersold as San Francisco tries to return to the Super Bowl. How many other teams are getting first-round talent in November?

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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