With their 4th round pick (121st overall) in the 2014 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Carl Bradford, an LB from Arizona State.
Appeared in 39 games and made 28 career starts, including every game in 2012 and 2013…two-time All-Pac-12, including First Team in 2013…Finished career with 40.5 tackles for loss in past two seasons, tied for the fourth most in the nation in that span…Added 21.5 sacks, 10 pass deflections, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pair of interceptions…In 2012, he and Sutton became just the first duo in school history to post double-digit sacks in the same season since 1994…Sutton and Bradford’s combined 44 tackles for loss in 2012 were the most for a duo in ASU history and they were the first duo to record 20+ TFLs since Al Harris (22) and Bob Kohrs (20) in 1978…Named Curley Culp Outstanding Defensive Lineman at 2013 team banquet…Graduated with a BS degree in Criminal Justice in Fall 2014.
An incredibly versatile player, Bradford has experience playing both linebacker positions as well as defensive end, but likely projects with the Packers as an inside linebacker with pass rushing potential. He reminds me a lot of a bigger Desmond Bishop; neither have the obvious measurables that really stand out, but both are aggressive linebackers that have surprising pass rushing ability. Bradford was also a two way player in high school playing fullback as well, which might make him at worse a “Korey Hall” type of player who contributes at first on special teams and slowly develops into a starter. Bradford was coached in high school by Todd Gerhart, father of former Vikings running back Toby Gerhart and current Packers practice squad member interior lineman Garth Gerhart.
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.