Selection: OLB Nigel Bradham, FSU
Measurables: 6017, 241 lbs., 10 1/2″ Hand, 33 3/4″ Arm, 79 5/8″ Wingspan
Combine Numbers: 24 Bench, 1.63 10, 2.60 20, 4.56 40, 37″ Vertical, 10’01″ Broad, 4.37 Shuttle, 7.18 3 Cone
With the 105th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Buffalo Bills have selected OLB Nigel Bradham from FSU. Bradham is an ideal 43 OLB prospect who displays plus coverage ability.
Bradham is an athletic LB who moves pretty well and does a good job ranging laterally as plays attempt to bounce outside. He is capable of covering the TE off the line and can even do some slot coverage. Does a good job in zone coverage reading the QB’s eyes and getting himself into a position to make a play on the ball.
Not the strongest OLB left remaining, he prefers to avoid contact rather than working through it at the point of attack. You have to play him strong-side because he can cover the TE, but he needs to stay clean in order to make a play in run defense. Really struggles to disengage and does not attack the line of scrimmage the way that we would like.
Overall you have a good coverage LB which we didn’t have before and you got pretty good value for him as well.