2011 NFL Draft Profile: Allen Bradford

Apr 11, 2011


.
Allen Bradford is a hybrid. A running backer if you will. The 2005 Parade All-America all-purpose MVP was as dominant playing linebacker at Colton High School as he was playing running back. Though he made the switch to running back at USC, he never lost that linebacker mentality. He has the size (5’11″, 242 lbs) to run over you and the speed (4.53 forty time) to go past you.
.
Bradford was the number one linebacker in the nation when he became a Trojan. He was young and he wanted to play. More importantly he wanted to be a team player. While his career at USC may not have gone as planned, you never heard a complaint. He just worked hard knowing that he would get his shot. When asked about playing special teams at the NFL level Bradford said he would welcome it with open arms. He added that he “first made a buzz on special teams while at SC”.
.
Allen is well aware that the lifespan of a running back is around three years. He said it’s only in part because of injuries. A lot of guys can’t contribute on special teams so they become expendable. Bradford knows that he brings value to a team because he’s able to play on all of the special teams units.
.
He’s not going to complain about sitting behind running backs on the depth charts either. He stated he already did that at SC. He’s willing to learn from the veterans and be ready when the time comes for him to deliver. That’s exactly what he did at USC. After just 42 carries from 2006-2008 Bradford received a heavier workload in 2009. He responded with 668 yards and eight touchdowns on 115 carries (5.8 ypc). It looked like he would get a chance to really handle the load last year, but he had only four double-digit carry games.
.
When he did get additional carries he more often not delivered. He struggled against Stanford with 33 yards on 13 carries, but he scored. He ran for 131 yards and a score against Minnesota. Bradford destroyed Washington to the tune of 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He saved the best for last though. Bradford may not have made a big splash when he first came to USC, but he sure left with a bang. He mauled rival UCLA for 212 yards, including a nifty 73-yard touchdown run. He added a 47-yard touchdown catch as well.
.
Bradford talked about being a physical runner. That’s spillover from his linebacker days. When asked if he would rather run around someone or over somebody, he said “I don’t run, I attack”. How can you not like that answer? He fashions himself a physical runner. Like Jim Brown he wants to be the one attacking. He wants to be the one inflicting pain. Don’t let him fool you though. He’s not just a three yards and a cloud of dust back. Bradford has the moves and the wheels to break big plays.
.
His favorite players growing up were Jerry Rice and Ray Lewis. Both players have an unbelievable work ethic. That’s exactly what Bradford brings to the table. He’s going to work hard and do the little things.
.
Bradford is expected to be a mid-to-late round draft pick. While he doesn’t have a preference to where he goes, he said he would welcome a reunion with Pete Carroll in Seattle. He still has a good relationship with the coach. He also enjoyed his time with Lane Kiffin.
.
The NFL has a reputation of having diva players that are all about the attention. The fast cars. The money. Allen Bradford is not that guy. He’s willing to do whatever it takes to make his team better. He’s not out there looking for the attention. Sure, he may by a car when he signs, but Allen said the first thing he’s going to buy is a big bed with a soft mattress. I suppose after attacking defenders and making vicious hits on special teams that makes a lot of sense.
.
.
Thanks to NFLTouchdown.com and Synergy Sports International for the opportunity to interview Allen Bradford.

. .

No Responses so far | Have Your Say!

Leave a Comment


Partner of USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties