Carl Bradford, OLB

School: Arizona State  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Norco, CA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 250 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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Player Overview

A highly-rated fullback prospect coming out of Norco, Calif., where he was a two-way player, Bradford's high school coach was Todd Gerhart, the father of former Sun Devil offensive lineman Garth Gerhart and 2009 Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart.

After redshirting in 2010, Bradford saw action in 12 games the following year, serving as a reserve linebacker and defensive end and contributing heavily on special teams.

Bradford finished fourth on the Sun Devils with 81 tackles in 2012. He averaged 1.58 tackles for loss per game and combined with Will Sutton for 44 tackles for loss on the season, a school record for a duo. Bradford had 11.5 sacks and along with Sutton they were also the first duo in school history to each post double-digit sacks.

Bradford was a second-team All-Pac 12 selection in 2013, a productive year that was also marred somewhat by a reported physical run-in with Sutton and other ASU coaches against Oregon State on Nov. 16. Bradford was benched for the second half of the game, but head coach Todd Graham downplayed the incident.

"People make mistakes, they get passionate at times, but you can see there is accountability," Graham said after the game. "We have got to move forward. He (Bradford) didn't go back in because we took him out."

Bradford has an impressive blend of power and explosion, rushing the passer with a violent, ferocious temperament. He will be viewed by some as a classic 'tweener, but is more than the sum of his parts.

Size, athleticism and instincts project Bradford best to inside linebacker in the NFL - a position he only occasionally played for ASU. However, his ability as a personal protector in the punting game does increase his value.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Sports a compact, powerful frame. Highly instinctive, physical and versatile defender who splits his time between defensive end, outside linebacker and inside linebacker. Good initial quickness off the snap out of the three-point stance, showing enough speed to cross the face of the offensive tackle, as well as an effective club, rip and spin moves to break free.

Surprisingly effective when run toward due to his quickness and use of leverage, bending to take out the knees of oncoming blockers and creating a pile. Adept at slipping blocks. Locates the football quickly and shows an explosive burst to close emphatically.

Only occasionally asked to drop back into coverage, but shows at least fair fluidity and speed when doing so. Alert player with a history of making big plays.

WEAKNESSES: Played in a highly aggressive scheme that may have maximized his big-play ability while minimizing his faults. Lacks ideal physical traits to remain as an outside pass rusher in the NFL, where he starred for the Sun Devils.

Can be engulfed in the running game (whether playing linebacker or defensive end) and does not appear to possess ideal arm length to break free once blockers latch on.

Smooth accelerator off the edge but doesn't possess great speed. Can play out of control, at times, dropping his head to deliver the knockout blow and occasionally whiffing on open-field tackles. Can allow his emotions to get the better of him; benched for the second half against Oregon State Nov. 16 after a physical altercation with teammates on the sideline.

COMPARES TO: Brandon Spikes, Patriots - Like New England's free agent inside linebacker, Bradford is an instinctive, physical and tenacious defender who, unfortunately, has some size and athletic limitations.

--Rob Rang (2/12/14)

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Packers' picks: Round 4/121 - Carl Bradford, OLB, 6-1, 252, Arizona St.,...Packers college scouting director Brian Gutekunst said, "we felt very fortunate" Bradford still was on the board at this pick. Bradford's draft stock presumably plummeted after he racked up 20 sacks the last two seasons because he doesn't measure up to stay at defensive end. The Green Bay brass says Bradford will play outside linebacker in its 3-4 scheme, but sliding him inside can't be discounted to upgrade an area that has lacked sizzle with A.J. Hawk as the centerpiece. - The Sports Xchange


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