James Bradberry might be the best NFL Draft prospect you’ve never heard of. A third-team All-American out of Samford, Bradberry could be one of the top defensive players selected this year.
He performed well at the Combine, and NFL scouts took notice. In fact, Bradberry is drawing comparisons to a pretty elite cornerback: Aqib Talib.
“We’re both very similar in our physique,” Bradberry said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “We’re both around 6-1, 200 pounds – not to mention we both have bald heads. They always say Aqib Talib. That’s pretty much the only one right now that I get a lot of.”
As DA observed, the NFL used to love small cornerbacks. In recent years, however, the Legion of Boom and other big corners have had a lot of success in the NFL. Bradberry would certainly fit that mold.
The Jacksonville Jaguars think so, anyway.
“They love my size,” Bradberry said. “They love that I was physical in my press coverage and they love that I was also explosive coming out of my break and stuff like that.”
Interestingly, Bradberry’s college coaches wanted him to move to safety, but he insisted on playing corner. That decision could ultimately net him millions.
“I played corner mainly in high school, so when I got to college and they moved me to safety, I just had the urge to get back out there on the island and play man-to-man,” Bradberry said. “I just felt like my press skills and my athleticism at the corner position really could show. That’s really why I wanted to go back out there.”