2012 NFL Draft: Buffalo Bills’ Fourth Round Grade
Fourth Round Pick (105): Nigel Bradham (OLB-Florida St.)
Analysis: The Bills finally took an outside linebacker in the fourth round, a position that they clearly needed with Shawne Merrimen showing last season that he is too beat up to occupy a starting position. At 6’1”, 240 pounds, Nigel Bradham is a bit bigger than most outside linebackers coming out of school, but he brings amazing versatility to the position, as he can play each of the outside spots.
Linebacker coach, Dave Wannstedt, is rebuilding the Buffalo defense, as he is moving the team back to a 4-3 defense after a failed year of trying to transition to a 3-4 scheme. Bradham will be a welcomed edition to Wannstedt’s unit and the kid just loves the game of football. Bradhamwas the defensive captain for the Seminoles’ defensive unit and has led the team in tackles each of the last three seasons. Bradham was also a contributor on special teams and was one of the only collegiate players who loved playing the extra downs. The “Big Brad Wolf” should be able to compete for the starting weakside linebacker position from day one and will certainly increase the level of competition at training camp.
Fourth Round Pick (124): Ron Brooks (CB-LSU)
Analysis: Brooks appears to be a very talented corner on the outside, but he unfortunately only started three career games at LSU. The team’s high level of competition did him no favors, as they had the 2012 sixth overall pick Morris Claiborne and soon-to-be first rounder, Tyrann Mathieu, in front of Brooks on the depth chart. However, the fact that the Tigers had such a strong secondary only gave Brooks more freedom to stay in the box, making him an amazing tackling corner. Brooks may look light at 190 pounds, but the corner plays much bigger then he is. He showcased his ability to get after the quarterback and thus his potential to be a shutdown corner in the near future.
Brooks will likely end up as a special teamer to begin his career, but could end up winning the fourth corner spot if he has a great training camp. Brooks also possesses sub-4.4 speed, so the speedster could end up being another return specialist that the team will be able to utilize on their roster.