2012 NFL Draft: "Tough Guy" LB Targets Other Than Vontaze Burfict?

Feb 27, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Florida State Seminoles linebacker Nigel Bradham runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

Just because our fascination with Vontaze Burfict has ended, doesn't many many of us Eagles fans still wouldn't mind seeing a real tough guy added to the LB corps. But if not Burfict, who? Luckily there are some candidates available in this year's draft.

Today we'll take a look at Florida State's Nigel Bradham. He probably projects as a strong side LB in a 4-3, which is certainly a position we could use some competition. Don't let the fact that his name sounds like he's lord of Downton Abbey fool you. This guy likes to lay the wood. Here's a scouting report on him from ESPN.

Bradham (6-1⅞, 241) still has some learning to do in terms of instincts and awareness, but he's a run-and-hit linebacker with a violent style. His range is good (4.64 in the 40), and his combine jumps (37-inch vertical, 10-foot-1 broad) confirmed the ability we've seen on film to explode into ball carriers. He could get a little better taking on blocks, but Bradham has long arms (33.6 inches) and is a solid wrap-up tackler who will fill hard when necessary.

Bradham also displays good range in underneath coverage, and his size, speed and ability to run and deliver big hits should make him a valued special-teams player while he learns a defensive system early in his career. Bradham is working his way into Day 2 consideration.

After the jump, we've got a highlight vid.

Here's a highlight video of Bradham that shows some of his big hits, including a killer shot on a Miami WR right at the start.


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