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2014 NFL Draft Profile: LB Carl Bradford

Bradford could be the first or second Sun Devil drafted next weekend.

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Carl Bradford anchored the Sun Devils linebacking core in 2013 and played the hybrid linebacker and defensive lineman position that is referred to as the "Devilbacker." He was awarded for his aggressive play in 2013 with a first-team all-Pac-12 honor. The Norco, California native's complete disregard  for his body on the football field has worried some around the NFL. Next weekend it may be that reckless abandon style on the gridiron that makes him the only Arizona State player drafted on Thursday or Friday.

Height: 6-foot-1

Weight: 250 pounds

College Career: Bradford got his first start against Boise State in the 2011 Maaco Bowl Las Vegas and showed promising play throughout the season finishing with 12 tackles including one for a sack and 3.5 for a loss. In 2012 Bradford and Brandon Magee teamed up to lead the Sun Devils on defense alongside Will Sutton. He recorded 81 total tackles, 11.5 sacks and three forced fumbles on the year. Bradford's presence on the field in 2013 helped the Sun Devils a lot, although he didn't outperform his 2012 campaign statistically with only 61 tackles, he still managed to influence games including his memorable 18-yard interception return for a touchdown against UCLA as the second quarter began.

Strengths: Bradofrd plays with reckless abandon and will give 110 percent on every play. He's very physical and his play at "Devilbacker" for the Sun Devils has given Bradford a great nose for the football. He has also played a three-technique as a quasi defensive-end type so he has the same great use of his hands as a defensive lineman.

Weaknesses: The Sun Devils' use of Bradford may have hurt his chances in the eyes of scouts. He's seen as not quite a pass rusher on the defensive line and his size also limits his abilities as an outside linebacker in the NFL. Also weighing heavy on the minds of scouts has to be his altercation with Todd Graham during the Oregon State game where he was benched in the second half. Bradford has the body type of a football player but he seemingly wants to lay the biggest hit on every single play which could benefit or cost him greatly at the next level.

Outlook: Bradford's aggressiveness is his best friend and worst enemy at the same time. A combination of lack of size as well as the fact that he projects more like an inside linebacker in the NFL, which he never played for the Sun Devils, will drop his stock into the later rounds. He could also play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

Round projection: 3rd or 4th

Prediction: 4th round (102 overall) to the Washington Redskins