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Carl Bradford

Carl Bradford
Bradford with the Green Bay Packers
No. 54 Green Bay Packers
Position: Inside Linebacker
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-08-15) August 15, 1992
Place of birth: Norco, California
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
High school: Norco (CA)
College: Arizona State
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 121
Career history
Roster status: Practice Squad
Career highlights and awards
  • Second-team All-Pac-12 (2013)
  • Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 (2012)

Carl Bradford (born August 15, 1992) is an American football linebacker who is currently a member of the Green Bay Packers. He was drafted by the Packers in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Arizona State.

Early years

Bradford attended Norco High School in Norco, California. While there, he was coached by Todd Gerhart, an Arizona State alumni and father of 2009 Heisman Trophy runner-up Toby Gerhart.[1] Bradford played for Norco as a fullback as a junior and a linebacker as a senior.[1] During his senior year, he had 136 carries for 884 yards, averaging 6.5 per carry with 14 touchdowns.[1] Additionally, he averaged 35.3 yards per reception and had four games with over 100 rushing yards. The best game of his high-school career came against Corona High School, in which he had 136 rushing yards, three rushing touchdowns, and caught two touchdown passes.[1] He was named to the All-West-Legion list by Prepstar.[1]


Coming out of high school, Bradford was measured at six-foot-one inches and weighed 220 pounds.[2] He was given a three-star ranking from and was ranked as the 16th best linebacker in the state of California, and ranked 61st overall. He received athletic scholarship offers from Arizona State and San Diego State, but received additional interest from California, Tennessee, UCLA, and Washington.[2]

College career

Bradford decided to sign his letter of intent with the Arizona State Sun Devils and received a redshirt designation his first year on campus. Even so, he earned Hard Hat Player designation for his work in the off-season strength and conditioning program.[1]

During his first year on the field as a redshirt sophomore, Bradford played on special teams and alternated on defense between linebacker and defensive end.[1] He played in all 13 games that season.[1] During a game against Arizona, he recorded a sack against future Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles and three-and-a-half tackles for loss.[3] Later in the season, he recorded his first start in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas against Boise State, which was ranked sixth in the nation at the time.[1]

The next year, Bradford started every game of the season. He recorded his first career interception in a 17-38 loss against USC.[4] He also had ten tackles and a fumble recovery.[4] He continued his season by adding two more sacks against the UCLA Bruins.[1] He finished the season with 81 tackles, the fourth most on the team, and was named as an honorable mention on the All-Pac-12 team.[5] Additionally, 58 of his tackles were solo and 20.5 of them were for a loss. He also had five defended passes, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception.[1]

In what would be his final year as a Sun Devil, Bradford was named to the preseason watchlists for the Bednarik, Lombardi, and Butkus awards.[6][7] He started all 14 games of the season. He had a career-best four tackles for loss against Arizona, and later in the season returned an interception for a touchdown against UCLA. During the Halloween game against Washington State, he had arguably the best game of his college career when he had one sack, two forced fumbles, three hurries, and blocked a punt for 20 yards. Bradford's efforts were good enough to earn him First Team All-Pac-12 honors by Phil Steele and the league coaches.[8] Additionally, he earned second team by Athlon Spots.[9] He finished the season with 61 tackles, 19 for loss, and 8.5 sacks, all of those stats leading the team in each category.

Bradford announced on January 13, 2014 that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Head coach Todd Graham released a statement saying that it was an honor to coach him and that they all wished him the best in his future endeavors. Bradford's official draft grade was not released, but one source revealed that scouts had told him he would be a third-round pick.[10]

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

Bradford was expected to be a late third-round to early fourth-round selection.[11] Scouts commented that he played "with urgency" and was quick to the ball.[11] They also commented that he flashed playmaking ability and was an explosive tackler with great hands.[11] They stated that he had great instincts and the athleticism to drop back in coverage.[11] He also had good leaping ability.[11] Additionally, scouts discussed he had a short frame and got caught up on blocks. They also commented that he got locked down by large blockers when they get hands on him. He was criticized for his lack of pass-rushing moves.[11] Overall, he was believed to be an undersized college defensive end who would be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He was believed to be best used on an aggressive pass rushing team.[11]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 250 lb 4.76 s 1.66 s 2.70 s 4.3 s 7.25 s 37 1/2 in 10 ft 2 in 23 reps
All results from NFL Combine[11]

Green Bay Packers

Bradford was drafted by the Green Bay Packers as the 21st pick of the 4th round (121 overall pick overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft.[12] He believed he was going in the second round, but instead fell in the draft to the fourth. He stated he's "always been a sleeper..." and that he would do what he needed to do to get noticed.[13] He listed his biggest challenge as learning to drop back into coverage.[13] He stated when he first got to Green Bay, his head "was spinning" and that the way the Packers played was like a "foreign language" to him, but now he feels more comfortable.[13] He was released during the Final 2015 Roster Cuts, and later signed to the practice squad.


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External links

  • Arizona State Sun Devils bio
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