Bradley in Early

When Mark Bradley agreed to a five-year deal with the Bears on Tuesday, he became the first player to sign that was selected on the first day of the draft.

The Bears used the 39th selection on Bradley, who spent three years at Oklahoma after two years at Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

Although Bradley started just 10 games during his college career, he flashed big play ability. The 6-1, 200-pounder averaged 19.7-yards on 58 passes for 1,114 yards and 15 touchdowns. In 25 games with the Sooners he compiled 685 yards and nine touchdowns on 34 catches for a 20.1-yard average.

The versatile performer appeared in 37 games as a wide receiver, while returning kicks and punts as well as contributing on coverage teams. He returned 22 kickoffs for 523 yards and a 23.8-yard average with one touchdown. Bradley also returned eight punts for 199 yards (24.9-yard avg.) with two touchdowns.

In his transfer year between Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Oklahoma, Bradley played cornerback for the Sooners during practice.

The rookie is will compete for playing time at wideout. His 4.4 forty-yard dash time will bring an added dimension to a receiving core in need of a deep threat.

"He's the guy that has the potential to be a complete receiver that can do a lot of different things," said receivers coach Daryl Drake, who recruited Bradley when he was at the same position at Texas. "Not only can he stretch the field, but he can catch the ball and make people miss. And he can outrun people after he catch's the ball.

"If you watched us last year that was one thing that we had problems with, we'd catch the ball and we'd make a couple moves but we weren't outrunning anybody."

Considering his lack of starting experience, his initial impact is likely to come in the third phase of the game. He made 13 stops on special teams during his two years at Oklahoma.

"You have to have some guys who play special teams who are either starters or backups," Bradley said. "So I went into the situation of playing special teams and took it very seriously because most of the guys in the NFL are playing special teams."

Bradley is the second of Chicago's six draft picks to sign and the 24th of the 255 players selected in the 2005 NFL Draft. He joins safety Chris Harris as the only other Bear selection to agree to terms.

The remaining draft picks to sign are RB Cedric Benson, QB Kyle Orton, WR Airese Currie and LB Rodriguez Wilson. Players are due to report to training camp one month from tomorrow.


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