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  1. patchick

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    Bradley's my personal favorite. He is #1 on my board. He's considered the top SAM LB (for the 4-3 scheme) in the draft. For us he seems to project inside. He had a really good Senior Bowl practice and game. He covered TE/RB real well in practice according to some reports. If it was my call :D I would take him at #28.
     
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    Bradley is an intriguing prospect, but his on field production was a bit mediocre considering the talent he showed at the senior bowl. Maybe he was still recovering from his knee injury, maybe he was surrounded by quality talent that limited his playmaking opportunities...But before I invest a high pick in him, I would want to know: If he's so good at coverage why did he only have 1 pass defensed all season? If he's so powerful, why did he have only 5 tackles for loss in 14 games? I do like his potential.
     
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    He would be a good mid-round pick...

    http://www.nfldraftcountdown.com/scoutingreports/olb/stewartbradley.html

    Strengths:
    Has good size and a big frame...Has an excellent motor...Terrific instincts...Stout against the run and can take on blockers...Smooth and fluid in coverage...A solid tackler with good technique...Good pass rusher and blitzer...Is smart and a hard worker with great intangibles...Physical and aggressive...Special teams potential.

    Weaknesses:
    Speed and overall athleticism are only average...Long-term health and durability are major concerns...Lacks top-notch quickness and agility....Does not have great range...Hands and ball skills are sub par...Production was okay, not outstanding.

    Notes:
    Only played one year of high school football (junior) due to injuries and tore his ACL in 2005...Part of a three-time national champion rugby team as a prep...A very good prospect who does everything well but nothing great...Projects to the strongside as a pro but is versatile and also has some experience in the middle and at defensive end...May get pushed up boards in a weak class of linebackers.
     
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    While we're at it, here's a write-up on fellow Husker Jay Moore who some have mentioned for a possible switch to 3-4 OLB.

    http://www.fremontneb.com/articles/2007/02/01/sports/sports1.txt

    http://www.al.com/sports/mobileregister/index.ssf?/base/sports/1169979866152330.xml&coll=3

    Here's his blog from the Senior Bowl - he did interview with the Pats, and just about everybody else...http://www.huskers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=100&ATCLID=749545

    http://highlightreel.blogs.mlive.com/default.asp?item=452089
    In the midst of the wrangle going on in this "blog," this one fellow seemed to have been there...for what his thoughts are worth.
    http://www.broncosfreak.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22468&page=2
     
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    Spacecrime got both my brain cells together for a brief visit in BBF's 'need for speed' thread. If you weigh the trade-off between intelligence/instinct and speed, you suddenly find yourself contemplating the Belichick 3-4 with a different understanding.

    After breaking down Stewart Bradley in the North's first broadcast practice, one thing stood out in the 9 on 7 and 11 on 11 drills, he consistently was where he needed to be...he filled quickly against the run, which meant superior blocking by Brian Leonard (another where he needs to be player) was required to re-open the hole. Bradley was also first to read and react to RB passing routes, disrupting them or holding them to short gains. He also got a chuck in on the TE before blanketing the RB in the one passing play where I saw him dealing with a TE going out on a route. It seems he will need to work on his strength and his stack and shed techniques, but in that one broadcast I was unable to criticize his "location."

    The only other LB who came close to Bradley in that regard was David Harris from Michigan; he was great against the run and woeful against the pass. Posluzney left me scratching my head, maybe he'll improve as I get to other broadcasts, but even then he is three pounds below my minimum weight standard for Patriot LB measurables, so I want to see him really shine before waiving my minimu - and Pos fans, I'm talking about the endlessly repeated intent to "get players out of their comfort zone," Bradley looked like he rehearsed with Gruden, Kiffin, and Co., Pos looked uncomfortable.
     
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    Thanks Box O Rocks for recording and breaking down what you saw in practice.
     
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    Where do people see Bradley going in the draft?
     
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    I believe he's falling in the 2-4 range depending on mock and seems to be moving up some boards.
     
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    Thank you, terrific insight. (And I too am pondering the insight that going the right way the first time is the equivalent of speed.)
     
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    Actually, he seems to rise across the boards.
     
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    I wouldn't mind the Pats taking Bradley with their 2nd round pick. If the kid has these sorts of instincts, then they are worth as much, and potentially more, than size and speed. As Tatupu showed us when many people thought that Seattle made a HUGE reach to grab Tatupu in the 2nd round. Most people had Tatupu as a mid to late 3rd rounder.
     
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    Name: Stewart Bradley
    College: Nebraska Number: 34
    Height: 6-4 Weight: 256
    Position: OLB Pos2: ILB
    Class/Draft Year: Sr/2007
    40 Time: 4.76 40 Low: 4.73 40 High: 4.80
    Projected Round: 3 Stock:
    Rated number 6 out of 215 OLB's 92/2338 TOTAL

    01/24/07 - Senior Bowl North Team Wednesday Practice Report: One outside linebacker who has certainly improved his draft stock this week is Nebraska's Stewart Bradley. At 6-4, 255 pounds Bradley has great size and is surprisingly athletic in coverage. In drills against running backs trying to catch passes out of the backfield, Bradley showed uncanny instincts for the routes back were going to run and a late burst to break up passes. Often in coverage during scrimmages Bradley forced quarterbacks to turn away from even their check down options as he blanketed backs and tight ends. Entering the week I personally had Bradley pegged as a mid 2nd day guy. If he plays with the physicality I expect in the game I see him moving into the first day, perhaps even ahead of some of the bigger named OLBs of this draft.
     
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