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Carl Bradford | Linebacker

Team: Arizona State Sun Devils
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 243

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Packers selected Arizona State OLB Carl Bradford with the No. 121 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Bradford (6-foot 3/4, 250) was a two-year starter and four-year contributor for the Sun Devils as an undersized defensive end and outside linebacker. He racked up 40.5 career tackles for loss and 21.5 sacks, with six forced fumbles. Bradford stood out when we watched tape of DT Will Sutton, a higher-touted prospect entering the season. Bradford flashed explosive and even powerful edge-rush tools, despite less-than-ideal dimensions. (He's under 6'1" with only 30 1/2-inch arms.) Bradford is likely to open his career as a sub-package speed rusher, before perhaps developing into a starter. This was a strong value pick by GM Ted Thompson. Sat, May 10, 2014 01:14:00 PM

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Arizona State edge player Carl Bradford has four private meetings scheduled with NFL teams.

Those four teams are the "Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers and Atlanta Falcons," according Aaron Wilson, who notes that teams are targeting Bradford in the second-round. We wouldn't be surprised to see Bradford selected in the third-round, and some even point to a position switch, possibly even inside linebacker.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 03:03:00 PM

Arizona State edge rusher Carl Bradford projects near the end of the third round, believes's Gil Brandt.

Bradford (6-foot-1 1/8, 251 pounds) has told evaluators that he's capable of playing almost every position in a seven-man front. In addition to that versatility, he's an instinctive defender off the edge with superior athleticism and explosion. "Bradford reminds a lot of people of the Ravens’ Terrell Suggs; he's not quite in Suggs' class, but his mannerisms and the way he plays are similar," wrote Brandt. "He looked very good in his linebacker drills Friday and will probably be a second-day choice, down near the end of the third round." At Arizona State's Pro Day on Friday, he ran the forty in 4.68 and 4.70 seconds, had a 4.37 short shuttle and a 7.06 3-cone drill.
Sun, Mar 9, 2014 08:27:00 PM

Arizona State edge rusher Carl Bradford believes he can play almost every position in a seven-man front.

"I talked a lot more to 3-4 teams about playing on the outside at linebacker than being a true d-end. I got a lot of teams talking to me about playing middle 'backer as well, which I would love. I also got asked to play just a rush end. I had a team talk to me about playing three-technique on the line in some pass situations. I believe I could play almost every position in the seven-man front," Bradford said. While Bradford might not have the length(6 foot 1 and 250 pounds)he does show power and explosion when rushing the passer. With his athleticism and instincts he could be utilized more as an inside linebacker at the next level.
Source: USA Today
Fri, Mar 7, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Arizona State edge rusher Carl Bradford ranks as a top 20 prospect on CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler's board.

Bradford "has some tweener traits and won't fit every defense, but he has the initial quickness and power to be effective as a stand-up rusher," writes Brugler. This places Bradford over other edge rushers like Kony Ealy, Scott Crichton and Dee Ford.
Source: CBS Sports
Thu, Feb 27, 2014 12:28:00 PM

Arizona State edge player Carl Bradford measured in at 6 foot 1 and 250 pounds at the NFL Combine.

Bradford also has 30 1/4" arms and 9 1/2" hands. The length will be an issue with many teams, but Bradford does exhibit a nice motor when crashing down on the edge. He will likely be a second day pick.
Sat, Feb 22, 2014 02:57:00 PM

One Arizona State assistant coach told CBS Sports' Dane Brugler that edge player Carl Bradford was "easily" the top athlete on the team.

"He should test well in vertical and broad jump with his lower body explosion," Brugler tweeted, adding that he views Bradford as a top 20 prospect. The Sun Devil had an issue or two during his 2013 season but exhibited a good motor to chase down plays form the backside and flashed hand use to beat tackles a the point of attack.
Mon, Feb 17, 2014 10:25:00 AM

Arizona State junior OLB Carl Bradford declared for the NFL draft.

ASU coach Todd Graham made it official by releasing a statement Monday: "Carl leaves ASU with his degree and that is what we are most proud of. Additionally, with players like Carl, Will Sutton, Chris Young, Osahon Irabor and Alden Darby we built the No. 1 defense in Pac-12 Conference play and one of the top rated units nationally. We want to be known for tough, stout defense at ASU and Carl helped us achieve that in 2012 and 2013." Because of mass defections, the Sun Devils defense is going to have to be rebuilt in 2014. As for Bradford, the 6-foot-1, 241-pounder is supremely athletic and versatile. He looks ticketed for a Day Two selection from a team in need of an attacking outside 'backer.
Tue, Jan 14, 2014 10:45:00 AM

Arizona State junior OLB Carl Bradford signed with Athletes First and will enter the NFL draft, Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal reported on Monday.

If his pen has already touched paper, Bradford's collegiate career is over, which is surprising because CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reported last week that he'd return, and coach Todd Graham always believed Bradford would do the same. The 6-foot-1, 241-pounder collected 61 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and one interception this past season. Bradford, who has already graduated, earned 2013 second-team All-Pac-12 honors. Bradford is athletic and mean, and he'd make for a nice Day Two selection for a team in need of an attacking outside 'backer.
Mon, Jan 13, 2014 02:29:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler reports that he's been told Arizona State junior OLB Carl Bradford will return for his senior season.

Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham said last month that he would "be shocked if he didn't come back." Bradford, who has already graduated, earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors this past season by leading the Sun Devils with 18 tackles for loss and tying for the team lead with 8.5 sacks. He will spend one more season wreaking havoc on Pac 12 offenses from ASU's "devil" position, a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end.
Fri, Jan 10, 2014 09:01:00 PM

Arizona State head coach Todd Graham expects junior OLB Carl Bradford to return to school for his senior season.

"Each individual is different," Graham said. "I've been in situations where I advised the guy that he needed to (go pro). ... But where we're sitting, I fully anticipate him being back. I think he knows his development, his maturity, all those things are things that will better him to be here another eight months. At the end of the day, he can do what he wants to do, but I would be shocked if he didn't come back." Bradford earned second-team All-Pac-12 honors by leading the Sun Devils with 18 tackles for loss and tying for the team lead with 8.5 sacks.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 04:29:00 PM

Arizona State junior OLB Carl Bradford was held out of the fourth quarter of Saturday's game against Oregon State after he had an altercation with senior DT Will Sutton and head coach Todd Graham, according to Chris Karpman.

Bradford and Sutton started the situation and "Bradford then had to be restrained away from Coach Graham and the other players as a result," according to the report. Bradford is practicing in full on Tuesday as the Sun Devils prepare for UCLA. Sutton and Bradford are the school's top two defensive players.
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 02:18:00 PM

Arizona State junior OLB Carl Bradford posted one sack, two forced fumbles, and three quarterback hits in the school's 55-21 win over Washington State.

Bradford obviously had a great night. His first forced fumble occurred when chasing down a Cougar receiver headed into the endzone, turning a long reception into a turnover. He also added 20 rushing yards on one carry on a converted fake punt.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 12:05:00 PM