Nov 30, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Carl Bradford celebrates a first quarter sack against the Arizona Wildcats in the 87th annual Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
3. Carl Bradford (LB)
Inside linebacker is the biggest area of need for the Green Bay Packers this offseason.
Sam Barrington has played well enough to be considered for a role at inside linebacker, but he will need a teammate to join him.
Clay Matthews was featured inside as defensive coordinator Dom Capers made a desperate change to try and fix the run defense. It worked, as the Packers were much better stopping the run after this move.
However, the aim is to move Matthews back outside where he is at his best. He is at his most dominant when he is rushing the passer, as opposed to being stuck on the inside.
In comes Carl Bradford.
Bradford was drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 season. After a disappointing rookie year, he will be looking to bounce back in Capers’ defense.
Naturally an outside linebacker, it is possible he will make the move inside. He is explosive and hits with power. He struggled to transition to the NFL, but he will be an interesting player to watch out for this offseason.
Bradford will want to make a point, and a full offseason could well help him fly under the radar and help the Packers at inside linebacker. It can’t get any worse at that position, right?
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