Before They Were Pros: Mark Bradley

Before the Bears drafted Mark Bradley, he was an Oklahoma receiver fielding questions from reporters at the combine. See what Bradley had to say about his pro prospects before he knew where he was going, and about his life in college and his expectations.

Bradley on being at the Combine:
"I'm excited to be here. I'm enjoying myself. Just going through the process you've got to be patient. Right now, I'm just having a ball being around guys like Braylon Edwards, Mark Clayton, Brock Berlin, and different guys that you see playing on different teams."

On what individual interviews are like:
"It's cool to sit down and conversate with teams that are looking at you and evaluating you. You get to know them; they get to know you a little bit."

On how well teams get to know a player from the interview process:
"There's only 15 minutes per (interview) session. They try to get in as much as they can. I try to go through as many questions as I can, so they can have a better feel for who I am as a person."

On what's more important in interview process...impressing on them that you're a good guy or a good player:
"In the NFL, you've got to have both. They want a guy that can sit there and represent the team well. And at the same time go out on the field and perform at the highest level that they project him to be."

On being overlooked in high school and possibly by the NFL?
"I hope not. I'm going to try to come in and do the best that I can, like I've been doing the past couple years I've been there (at OU), going out and showing the ability that I have. And just showcase what I have to offer."

On going from Arkansas-Pine Bluff to walk-on at Oklahoma to NFL Combine:
"No, not really. It's a lot of kids' dreams, I know for me, it was dream to sit up here at the podium and talk about the NFL, and the chances of being in the NFL. I'm seeing a dream come true. Now, I just have to do my workout part of the deal. And continue to hopefully see a dream come true."

On why he left Pine Bluff:
"Pine Bluff wasn't the right place for me. It just wasn't working out as far athletically-wise. I got in touch with my dad. Me and my dad decided to go to another school. Obviously, Oklahoma was a choice because he had went there."

On football program at Pine Bluff not what he expected:
"Pine Bluff, it just didn't make me feel secure that I could make it at the next level."

On walking-on at Oklahoma:
"Coming from the school I came from, I didn't have the numbers. By my dad being there (attending OU), he was going to pay for my first couple years if I didn't turn out to be what they expected me to be."

On his father (Danny) as a ballplayer:
"My dad was a tremendously better player than I was. I wasn't the offensive MVP in '84. So that's a lot of footsteps to fill. But I'm where I need to be as far as right now."

On track accomplishments:
"In high school, I probably jumped 7-4 in the high jump; 25-51/2 in the long (jump); 13.6-13.7 in the 110 (hurdles); and probably 37.1 in the 300 intermediate hurdles. When I was in high school, track was a big thing in Arkansas. So you really had to step your game up when you got out of (high school)."

On having any track offers coming out of college:
"I had an offer late to Fayetteville (Arkansas), but I had already committed to them (Pine Bluff), and I was going there to play football."

On having 12 Oklahoma players at the combine and Bob Stoops has been quoted as calling him the best athlete on the team:
"It makes me feel good as a person and as an athlete. As a person, you have all these athletes that have been nominated for all-Americans, offensively and defensively. And for him to say that I'm one of the most athletic players he has. It's just a privilege for me for him to even make that comment. Just to be in the category of Dan Cody, the Tommie Harris, the Derrick Strait, the Mark Clayton, and all the rest of the guys who have made honors as far as all-American and award winners like Jammal Brown.

On special teams experience in college helping him in the NFL:
"I can be a big asset to the special teams. I take special teams very seriously. Once I first got to Oklahoma, special teams was the way for me to get on the field, and I took it seriously. Plus, I knew how important special teams was by just conversating with my dad, who already accomplished what I'm trying to do. He graduated from Oklahoma, got drafted, been in the NFL for five years, been in the front office with the Cowboys. So just being around my dad, gave me a little bit more knowledge about the game. So special teams became a big asset once I got to Oklahoma."

On scoring becoming an expectation:
"Not really. Touchdowns were just opportunities to touch the ball. It was just happening in my favor. I was trying to do the best I could at the time, and it was just going for me. I was just going with it. Every time I have the chance to touch the ball, I just try to make the best chance I could to make something a big play. I didn't get that many opportunities coming in, so I had to make the best of it."

On wide receivers in the NFL that he admires:
"I admire all of them. Just because they're in the NFL, and they're doing a lot of great things. I try to take a little bit from each one. Hines Ward's blocking ability. Randy Moss's down the field speed on the deep ball. Terrell Owens' strength as far as catching the ball. So I try to take to take a lot of aspects from different individuals and try to put it in a complete game."

On also taking various aspects of their touchdown celebrations:
"No, that's something different. That's more of a character thing. That's how they react to a touchdown. But mine is a little different."

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