The Green Bay Packers made their first pick of the NFL Draft’s final day, taking Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford with the 121st pick in the fourth round.
Bradford, who is nearly 6-foot-1 and weighs 250, is projected as an inside linebacker in the NFL after playing on the outside for the Sun Devils.
But Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst begs to differ:
Gutekunst on Bradford: “He’s a pass rusher. That’s what he does best.”
— Tom Silverstein (@TomSilverstein) May 10, 2014
He had 61 tackles, 19 for loss, and 8.5 sacks last season. Bradford played all 40 games in his career at Arizona State, starting the last 27.
He already graduated last fall with a degree in criminal justice and has decent read-and-react skills as a defender, but needs work if he’s going to be used in pass coverage situations.
But Bradford, according to Scouts, Inc., has a good burst in small areas against the run, which is a necessary skill if he moves inside.
He can also provide some help on special teams for the Packers. Scouts Inc. projected Bradford at No. 119 overall, so this is a solid pick for the Packers in that regard. Best case scenario as a rookie, Bradford provides solid depth for A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones on the inside.