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At a glance: OLB Carl Bradford

May 10, 2014
 
Arizona State outside linebacker Carl Bradford celebrates after defeating Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., in November 2013. File/Getty Images
Arizona State outside linebacker Carl Bradford celebrates after defeating Arizona at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Ariz., in November 2013. File/Getty Images

New Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Carl Bradford at a glance.

Round: Fourth (121st pick overall)

Position: Outside linebacker

School: Arizona State

Height, weight: 6-0 , 250

Highlights: Projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme but will likely get a look at inside linebacker as well. Started all 14 games last season as a redshirt junior, recording 61 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 8 sacks. Had 20 sacks in his final two seasons. Ran a 4.76 40-yard dash. His arm length is 30-0 and his hands are 9 inches. Was benched in the second half of a November game after getting into an argument with teammate Will Sutton that escalated into words with coach Todd Graham on the sideline.

Strengths: Plays with urgency and beelines to the ball. Explosive can power-clean 400 pounds and hits on the rise with power. Is effective stunting and looping. Flashes playmaking ability. Explosive tackler. Can play on his feet off the ball and times up the blitz well. Good hands. Athletic enough to fold back into coverage. Solid instincts and diagnosis sniffs out screens and has a feel for locating the ball quickly. Excellent leaping ability posted a 37 -inch vertical.

Weaknesses: Has a short, compact frame with very short arms and gets hung on blocks. Gets locked down by big-bodied blockers when they get their hands on him. Spins in place and lacks variety of pass-rush moves. Cannot convert speed to power. Needs to improve his hand use.

Noteworthy: Bradford played at Norco (Calif.) High School in Southern California where his coach was the father of new Packers teammate Garth Gerhart.

Quote: Carls a real good athlete, really smooth, fluid athlete, hes got a lot of twitch. Hes obviously had a lot of success as a pass rusher. Hes got relentless play. Inside, outside, I think that will be determined. But we think he has the ability to do both. Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst.

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