Bradford to enter NFL draft

On Monday morning a report surfaced indicating that Bradford signed with NFL agents Dave Dunn & Justin Schulman. Since then ASU's head coach Todd Graham released a statement acknowledging that Bradford will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft making the junior's departure official.

"It was an honor and a privilege to coach Carl Bradford at Arizona State University," said Sun Devil Head Football Coach Todd Graham. "Carl leaves ASU with his degree and that is what we are most proud of. Additionally, with players like Carl, Will Sutton, Chris Young, Osahon Irabor and Alden Darby we built the No. 1 defense in Pac-12 Conference play and one of the top rated units nationally. We want to be known for tough, stout defense at ASU and Carl helped us achieve that in 2012 and 2013. We appreciate Carl for being a great Sun Devil and wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors."

Bradford, a second-team All-Pac-12 selection, had a team-high 19 tackles for loss (61 total tackles) and 8.5 quarterback sacks in 2013. The former Norco (Calif.) standout played as a fullback in high school blocking for current Arizona State running back, Deantre Lewis, and played at linebacker throughout his ASU tenure.

In the last two years, Bradford flourished as ASU's Devil backer, a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end, under Graham and defensive coordinator paul Randolph. The junior was considered one of the best, if not the top athlete on the squad who also set team marks in the weight room. His departure leaves the Sun Devils with only two returning starters on defense, Salamo Fiso and Damarious Randall. Bradford did earn his bachelor's degree in December of 2013.

At press time there has been no official statement from Bradford. The deadline to officially declare for the NFL draft is Wednesday June 15th, and it is believed that Bradford has already taken that step.

Multiple sources have indicated to Devils Digest that Bradford could be drafted as high as the third round and should be the first ASU player to be selected.

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