In the 3-4 defense, there is no position more important than outside linebacker. In the fourth round, the Green Bay Packers got one of the best outside linebackers in the entire draft in Arizona State‘s Carl Bradford. With amazing athleticism and unique versatility, Bradford has the chance to be an instant contributor in Green Bay’s defense. According to Rob Rang of CBSSports.com, Bradford was a projected second-round pick, so the value is definitely there for this player.
His coverage against the pass leaves a lot to be desired, but Bradford has a nose for the ball and it seems like he is always around the action at the end of every play. At 6-foot-1, 250-pounds, Bradford is extremely undersized, but he makes up for his deficiencies with his motor and his athleticism. To show how athletic and explosive he is, Bradford had a 38-inch vertical at the NFL Scouting Combine. For an outside linebacker, that number is ridiculously high.
Although the Packers signed Julius Peppers and brought back Mike Neal, Bradford has a real shot find his way onto the gridiron early. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers and linebackers coach Winston Moss will have to coach him up, but there is reason to believe Bradford could become extremely good against the pass because of his athleticism. In the fourth round, the Packers drafted a guy of great value. Adding talent to a defense always helps, and the Packers did just that by selecting Bradford. Don’t be surprised to see him push for a starting spot by the end of the year.