Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Bills' picks: Round 4/105 - Nigel Bradham, OLB, 6-2, 241, Florida State...Led FSU in tackles for three years and recorded 21.5 tackles for loss to go with 9.0 sacks. Good speed (4.64) for the job but a bit stiff. COULD SURPRISE: Linebacker Nigel Bradham: With the top edge rushers off the board, the Bills did well to land Bradham, who led Florida State in tackles for three years and can run in coverage. - The Sports Xchange
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Bradham was a celebrated five star high school prospect who had 145 tackles and 8 sacks as a senior.
Bradham played as a True Freshman in 2008, and then took over as starting Will in 2009 and has led the team in tackles for the past three years. Stats were 93 tackles, 5.5 TFLs, two sacks, one interception and one pass defensed in 2009, 97/5.5/5/0/5 in 2010, and 86/9.5/2/2/5 in 2011. Bradham appears to have a perfect health record, which is understandable given his chiseled body.
Bradham looks a bit like a giant safety. Hips are a bit high, arms are long, and waist is narrow. Bradham, despite his build, holds up well in traffic, and makes a lot of plays by engaging a block, shedding, and pursuing. He is completely fearless and will always try to plow into the largest piles, and has a good knack of ending up glued to the ball carrier. Cover skills, in both man and zone, speed, quickness, and agility are very good.
Bradham could fit in the NFL at any 4-3 LB position, and inside in a 3-4 because he doesn't offer much of an edge rush. Ferocious against the run and very good in coverage, Bradham is extremely versatile. Best fit would appear to be outside in a 4-3, either side.
Positives: Fearless, relentless and fast. Covers a lot of ground on the field. Is usually around the ball. Solid tackler. Can turn and run with TEs in coverage. Can anchor despite slightly high cut build, and uses hands well to shed blocks. Dedicated hard worker on and off the field with virtually perfect durability record.
Negatives: A bit high-hipped, which limits ability to anchor and turn. Not much of a pass rusher if there is not an open lane. Ball skills are just average. Takes some dumb penalties.
NFL Comparison: Jacquian Williams, New York Giants
Senior linebacker who is the lone starting linebacker returning in 2011 as well as the team's returning leading tackler. Covers the field well and brings a wealth of knowledge to the linebacker corps having played in 40 career games. Named to the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award and Nagurski Award which are awarded to the top defensive player in the country. A Preseason All-ACC pick by several publications who will also be a candidate for the Butkus Award given to the nation's top linebacker. Earned one of six community service awards given out at the end of spring practice.
Anchor of the defense as a three-year starter at linebacker and became the first Seminole since Marvin Jones (1990-92) to lead FSU in tackles three consecutive seasons…earned All-ACC honorable mention while also being named a team captain and one of three defensive Most Valuable Players at the team’s annual banquet...led FSU in tackles in 2009 (93) and 2010 (98)...leads Noles in tackles with 77...had a career-best 13 tackles against Virginia...made a season-best 10 tackles, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had a half-tackle for loss against Miami...had a careerbest two tackles for loss at Wake Forest...led FSU in tackles versus Boston College (seven) and at Duke (eight) and tied for team-lead versus Maryland (seven)...had eight tackles at Clemson...tied for team-lead with nine stops versus Oklahoma and added an interception.
Weakside linebacker who led the team in tackles for a second consecutive season...a 14-game starter, who totalled 98 tackles (54 solos), including 5.5 tackles for loss...ranked 11th overall in the ACC in tackles...established a new single-season high with five sacks on the season, which ranked third on FSU's nation-leading sack unit...credited with a single-season high five passes defended, to go along with a forced fumble...recorded a season-high 10 tackles twice, against Boston College and North Carolina, with six solo stops in each game...two of his five pass breakups also came against the Tar Heels...also recorded nine-tackle games against NC State and Maryland...returned a blocked PAT for a two-point conversion against Virginia Tech in the fourth quarter of the ACC Championship game.
Florida State’s leading tackler with 93 stops...led the team with 61 unassisted tackles, recorded 5.5 tackles for minus yardage, two sacks, one interception and finished second on the team with two fumble recoveries...career-high of 12 tackles including a careerhigh of nine unassisted stops came against Florida...double digit tackles also came against Clemson (10) and Maryland (10)...his 88 tackles as a sophomore were more than three times his number of total tackles during his true freshman season...first career interception came in the Seminoles’ victory over Brigham Young.
One of two players named as the top defensive newcomer during the 2008 season and the only true freshman of the two to win the award...shared the honor with defensive end Markus White...in the linebacker rotation from opening day and played in each of the Seminoles' 13 games during the regular season...made his first career start at the weakside linebacker position in the Seminoles' victory over Miami...fourth-leading tackler among the Seminoles' linebackers and Florida State's leading true freshmen tackler with 29 stops...finished s eventh among all Seminole tacklers and was FSU's top tackler among freshmen...single-game career high five tackles in two games - the first game of his career against Western Carolina and in the Seminoles' victory over Colorado...totaled four stops in his first career game against Florida...at least one tackle in 11 of the 13 games in which he played...first career tackle for loss came against ACC runner-up Boston College.
One of the top recruits in the nation, Bradham is already enrolled at FSU...PARADE All-American...SuperPrep All-American...ranked the top player in the state, the 13th-best prospect in the nation and the top OLB in America by Rivals...a five-star rated outside linebacker by Rivals and Scout.com...Scout's top-rated middle linebacker and Prep Stars No. 1 linebacker...ESPN ranks him as their fourth-best OLB and the 60th-best player in America...Tom Luginbill of Scouts, Inc. considers him an outstanding prospect...Sports Illustrated and TAKKLE have Bradham rated as the seventh-best player in America...a finalist for the 2008 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award...received honorable mention Army All-America honors as the best tackler...led the East team to a 33-23 victory and recorded four tackles in the 2008 U.S. Army All-American Bowl...was the recipient of the EAS Speed and Strength Award...Tallahassee Democrat All-Big Bend Defensive Player of the Year...PrepStar Dream Team member...FSWAA All-State 3A First Team Defense... AJC Super Southern 100.
Rivals says Bradham has the best instincts of any linebacker, the third-most closing speed and is the fifth-best athlete among linebackers this year...finished his senior season with 147 tackles, 12 sacks and four defensive touchdowns in leading Wakulla to a district championship...as a junior he tallied 145 tackles, eight sacks and four interceptions, two of which he returned for TDs...recorded over 430 tackles and 20 sacks during his three-year career at Wakulla...had one of the five best games in the nation this year according to Rivals when he registered 15 tackles in a 16-0 win over Blountstown...timed at 4.52 in the 40-yard dash, can bench press 440 pounds and clean jerk 310...had over 40 offers and chose the Seminoles over Georgia, Mississippi and Florida.
Born September 4, 1989...major is social science.
Draft Scout Player News
12/31/12 - LB Nigel Bradham had a career-high 11 tackles and also recovered a fumble.
11/05/12 - LB Nigel Bradham was faked out badly on a play-fake that resulted in a Houston TD, but he did have six tackles, one for a loss, in his second career start.
10/18/12 - LB Nigel Bradham, a fourth-round pick out of Florida State, has taken over the starting strong-side linebacker spot. The coaches feel he's an upgrade in speed and athleticism and gives them more versatility in their 4-3 scheme.
10/17/12 - LB Nigel Bradham will remain the starter on the strong side over Arthur Moats. Speed is the main factor.
"Nigel is a faster guy," coach Chan Gailey said. "Just take off and run from here to there, he is a faster guy. He has played more (at) linebacker, so he understands some things that Arthur has had to learn through time. He kind of has a natural thought process that takes him to the ball a lot of times. Again, I go back to that, it was not like Arthur was playing bad. It is just we see a great upside with the size and speed of Nigel. We are going to allow him to play."
10/15/12 - LB Nigel Bradham made his first NFL start and was in on three tackles.