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2012 NFL Draft: Tank Carder Highlights Unimpressive TCU Draft Class

Though they didn't win the Rose Bowl this past season, the TCU Horned Frogs went 11-2 and were close to becoming BCS-eligible despite dropping two games during the regular season. Despite this, TCU doesn't have any major draft prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft. Linebacker Tank Carder highlights TCU's draft prospects this year.

The National Football Post ranks Carder as the No. 229 draft prospect in the entire draft class, which isn't much of ringing endorsement. Carder, though, does grade out as the eleventh best ILB prospect per the NFP. CBS Sports, meanwhile, ranks Carder as the sixth best ILB prospect, and the No. 164 prospect in the draft -- rankings that would certainly have him drafted in the middle-rounds.

Carder registered 70 tackles for TCU in 2011, but failed to record a sack. He did, however, intercept two passes -- and returned both for touchdowns. The 2011 defensive Rose Bowl MVP ran a 4.69 40 at the combine. At 6'2", 236, Carder might be a bit undersized, weight wise, to be a starting ILB in the NFL, but he can certainly pack on more weight over the coming years.

For more on the TCU Horned Frogs, head over to Frogs O' War.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.