2014 NFL Draft: The Book on Carl Bradford
The Green Bay Packers selected Arizona State outside linebacker Carl Bradford with their one and only fourth-round pick.
But hold the phone! Although Bradford was an edge rusher in college, he projects as an inside linebacker in the 3-4, which is what the Packers run.
If this dude can show something, we might finally have the long-term, playmaking inside linebacker we’ve all dreamed of.
Bradford is 6-1, 250 and had 45 tackles, including 19 for a loss and 8.5 sacks in 2013. He also had an interception and three forced fumbles.
Sound scouts had Bradford rated as high as a second-round pick.
The hope will be that Bradford turns into what Desmond Bishop was when he was healthy. Of course, we all know Mike McCarthy will refuse to start him because A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones are so f’ing awesome! It will take an injury to actually get Bradford on the field.
Here’s what CBS Sports has to say.
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.