Arizona State outside linebacker Carl Bradford is a likely mid-round selection if he declares for the 2014 NFL draft. (Photo: Matt Kartozian — USA Today Sports)
BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino
Carl Bradford, a fullback coming out of high school, has transitioned into a playmaking outside linebacker for the Arizona State Sun Devils. After redshirting as a freshman in 2010, Bradford started the team’s bowl game against Boise State at the end of the 2011 season, and has become a fixture in the defense ever since. Bradford had a monster season as a redshirt sophomore in 2012, posting a very productive stat line of 81 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks.
Bradford plays the “Devilbacker” position for the Sun Devils and can be seen lining up in a variety of ways. He is primarily an outside linebacker, but will frequently put his hand on the dirt and lineup as a defensive end on pass-rushing downs. Bradford also occasionally lines up as an inside linebacker.
Bradford’s Skill Set
Bradford is extremely quick and explosive off the ball, with an incredible first step when he lines up as a defensive end. He plays with a tremendous motor and there is an obvious suddenness to the way he plays.