Packers draft linebacker Bradford in 4th round

    2014-05-10 13:19

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - The Green Bay Packers went defensive with their draft pick Saturday, selecting Arizona State linebacker Carl Bradford at No. 121 in the fourth round.

Bradford started 28 games in three seasons for the Sun Devils. He had 21.5 sacks, 154 tackles and 43 tackles for loss. Bradford entered the draft after his junior year, but he proved most dominant in his sophomore season with 11. 5 sacks and 81 tackles.

Bradford was mostly an outside rusher, but could transition to an inside linebacker for the Packers.

''I believe I'm a versatile player and I'm a smart player, so I'd understand it,'' Bradford said. ''I could play either outside or in the box, so I would enjoy that as well.''

At nearly 6-foot-1 and 250 pounds, Bradford isn't a typical NFL-sized linebacker.

''Probably one of the reasons he was staring us in the face where he was,'' said Brian Gutekunst, Packers director of college scouting. ''It's the fact that he's not your prototypical 6-4, 35-inch type of guy. But after watching the tape and doing the workouts, we felt comfortable that he transitioned to this league pretty well.''

Bradford's strengths include explosiveness off the ball and ability to pressure the quarterback.

''I feel comfortable standing up, and I think I'd prefer it,'' Bradford said. ''I can see what's going on more. I can see the ball, I can see audibles and moves and whatnot.''

The Packers, who signed pass rusher defensive end/linebacker Julius Peppers in the offseason, filled four of their biggest needs with their first four picks, taking a safety, wide receiver, tight end and linebacker.