James Bradberry – CB, Samford
With the departure of Josh Norman, the Panthers are in dire need of a cornerback. They also desperately need a safety. James Bradberry has the build of a current NFL cornerback. He has good arm length and big hands on a 6ft 1 frame. However, he does struggle to match those measurables with his play. He does play the ball well with good ball skills but he is often in recovery mode after giving too much separation. This is a bit of a reach.
There’s intriguing physical traits as a corner at 6ft 1, with good arm length and big hands. He’s certainly a well put together physical specimen. That said, the Arkansas State transfer, a four year starter with Samford after his move, struggles to play up to those measurables. He has ball skills, gets his head around and attacks the football well. That said, he allows far too much separation and easy completions. He gets stuck in the turf and doesn’t always adjust well to sharp breaks by the receiver he is tracking. Effort can be hit or miss too. Bradberry can give up on plays too quick and not hustle to the whistle. He doesn’t add much in the way of tackles stats as a result, he isn’t one to get stuck in. He’s someone with size that will excite from a physical stand point but doesn’t have the game film to back it up, despite significant play time.