Nigel Bradham

Draft Grades: Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills were already having a strong offseason, highlighted by the addition of Mario Williams. And their 2012 draft class completes the process, and potentially makes them darkhorse contenders in the AFC.

The Bills reached for Stephon Gilmore. There’s no denying his potential, but he’s will need time to develop – more time than you’d typically expect from a top-10 pick. That said, I believe cornerback was one of their most glaring needs, and there was a fairly significant dropoff in talent at the position. If they felt this was an area they needed to address in order to compete in 2012, the reach was justified.

Cordy Glenn could be a steal in the 2nd round, but it depends where the Bills use him. He played left tackle this past season at Georgia, but is best suited to play right tackle or guard in the pros. If the Bills use him at left tackle, they’ll be missing an opportunity to maximize his skills.

T.J. Graham was a reach in the 3rd round. He’s more of a track star than a football player. He can stretch the field and potentially contribute as a return specialist, but his upside is limited.

Nigel Bradham is a developmental prospect but I like how he fits in Buffalo. He won’t be forced to play a significant role right away and can be brought along slowly.

I love the selection of Ron Brooks. He was stuck behind Morris Claiborne and Tyrann Mathieu this past year, but had the skills to start for nearly any other program in the country. His lack of experience makes him a bit of an unknown, but he played well in a nickel corner role at LSU and, at worst, should be able to fill that role in Buffalo.

Zebrie Sanders could be the Bills long-term answer at left tackle, but he isn’t ready for that role just yet. Ideally, they’ll keep him on the sidelines for a year, developing his strength and technique. But they’re desperate for help on the offensive line, which may force him into action.

Tank Carder lacks the measurables, but was extremely productive at TCU. He may never start, but should have a long career as a backup and special teams contributor.

Mark Asper may add some depth to the offensive line, but he’ll have to fight to make the final roster cuts. The Bills have no shortage of mediocre interior linemen.

The selection of John Potter doesn’t make much sense. Rian Lindell seems to be entrenched as the starting kicker and Potter is no better than any number of kickers who could have been picked up after the draft.

Overall, the Bills did a nice job of addressing needs without making many significant reaches. They also landed a few solid developmental prospects who could pay off a few years down the line. This may be Buddy Nix’s best draft class since coming to Buffalo.

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Nigel Bradham scouting report

Nigel Bradham OLB Florida State #13
Ht: 6’3″Wt: 237  
Prototypical size. Usually shows good awareness and vision on the field; does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and/or on the ball carrier. Does a nice job fighting through traffic at the line of scrimmage; excels at making himself small to slip through holes in offensive line. Patient and seems to have good instincts; rarely over-pursues; takes good angles. Does a nice job staying low to take on blocks. Coaches speak highly of his work ethic.
Still learning where he needs to be on the field; what looks like patient play is sometimes just him being unsure of where he should attack. Better moving forward than going sideline-to-sideline. Laterally quickness is marginal and often gets caught taking missteps which slow him down and allow offensive linemen to get to him. Inconsistent in man coverage; lacks the fluid agility to stick with more athletic tight ends and running backs. Needs to improve consistency and ability to keep his head in the game; occasionally gets wrapped up in a block which he should be able to shed, but appears to focus more on winning the block than disengaging and attacking the ball carrier. Inconsistent tackling; will deliver the big hits, but needs to do a better job wrapping up the ball carrier; he has the size to excel in this area of the game. Needs to improve his lower-body strength to help hold his ground at the point of attack against the run.
Bradham has the size to be an effective run stopper at the next level, and could excel as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s slightly undersized for the position, but is extremely well built and stronger than his listed weight would indicate. However, he is still raw and needs time to develop before he’ll be ready to make an impact. If he dedicates himself to improve the mental aspect of his game, he could develop into a starter two or three years down the road.
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