GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers’ never-ending search for pass-rushing help led them to Carl Bradford Saturday.
The Packers drafted the Arizona State linebacker with their fourth-round selection (No. 121 overall) and intend to work him at outside linebacker to begin – although director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst didn’t rule out the possibility of Bradford moving inside.
“Carl’s a real good athlete, really smooth, fluid athlete. He’s got a lot of twitch,” Gutekunst said of the 6-foot-0 3/4, 250-pound Bradford, who declared for the draft after his redshirt junior season. “He’s obviously had a lot of success as a pass rusher. He’s got relentless play. Inside, outside, I think that will be determined. But we think he has the ability to do both. But the pass rusher is obviously [his appeal].”
Bradford ran his 40-yard dash in 4.74 seconds, did 23 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, had a 37 1/2-inch vertical leap, a 10-foot, 2-inch broad jump and 4.30-second short shuttle. He was measured with 30 1/4 arms, 9 1/2 hands and a 74 1/2 wingspan.
Bradford said he had a conversation with the Packers at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis in February but had no contact with them since.
“I just got the call today and I was ecstatic. It was random to me, but it was a great choice,” Bradford said in a conference call with Wisconsin reporters.
Asked how he thought he projected at the NFL level after the way he was used at Arizona State, where he played what the coaching staff calls the “Devil ‘backer” position, Bradford said he expects to be outside.
“I played in college with my hands in the dirt a majority of the time. I would say outside ‘backer, but right now I'm focusing on what's going on and focusing on learning the defense and understanding that first,” Bradford said. “And then play wherever they need to play at."
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