Nigel Bradham, OLB, Florida State
6-foot-2, 241 pounds
Draft projection: Third round
Lowdown: Bradham was a three-year starter and led the Seminoles in tackles all three years. He was a team captain. He has long arms and shows the toughness to be a capable strong-side linebacker in the 4-3 defense. He did well at the Senior Bowl and at the NFL Scouting Combine, posting good marks in the 40-yard dash (4.64 seconds) and the vertical jump (37 inches). He played mostly weak-side backer for the Seminoles but saw time inside, too. How fluid he is in space and how well he’d hold up in coverage in the NFL is a bit of a question. But he’s durable and fearless, and he can shed blocks and make tackles. The Florida State defense was ranked fourth in the country, second against the run. He's the kind of linebacker the Buffalo Bills might want to consider in the middle rounds. Bradham might fit better at weak-side linebacker. The Bills might have a slightly greater need for depth strong side. On the other, hand he's certainly heavy enough to play either side.