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With NFL defenses increasingly prioritizing speed over size among pass rushers, modern day offensive tackles are often remarkable athletes. The stereotype of sluggish behemoths persists for interior offensive linemen, however, something that Bradbury - a high school tight end - helped debunk by demonstrating his unique athleticism at the 2019 NFL Combine.
After erasing any doubts as to his power with an impressive 34 repetitions in the bench press, the reigning Rimington Trophy Award winner showed rare burst in timed drills, as well, registering an exceptional 40-yard dash time (4.92) for a center, leading all offensive linemen in the 3-cone drill (7.41), tying for first in the short shuttle (4.53) and second in the vertical jump (31").
Best of all, Bradbury's impressive workout matches his game tape. A three-year starter with experience at guard and center, Bradbury is a plug-and-play candidate worthy of top 40 consideration, projecting as a long-time NFL starter.
Top-end athlete among interior offensive linemen, demonstrating not only terrific snap-to-step quickness to block effectively at the point of attack but when releasing to the second level, as well. Climbs to the second level with a plan, quickly locating his target and showing rare body control to adjust.
Bradbury is not as physical in the trenches as his eye-popping bench press totals suggest but he is awfully effective due to stellar hand placement and coordination between his upper and lower body. He plays with his knees bent and on the balls of his feet, giving him terrific balance through contact and often winning the leverage battle.
While technically sound and a good athlete, there is no question that Bradbury was aided by North Carolina State's quick-hitting passing attack which rarely asked him to pass protect for long. Further, he is slightly smaller (6-2 7/8) than preferred for the position and his only experience along the offensive line is at center.
Projection: Second Round
--Field Level Media