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Bears select...Mark Bradley, WR Oklahoma.
Mark Bradley, WR, Oklahoma
Height: 6:01.3 Weight: 201
Overview: An exceptional talent who came to Oklahoma after spending two seasons excelling on the football field and in track-and-field at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Blessed with blazing quickness, Bradley is a multi-talented athlete who can catch, run, return and throw the football with equal success. Bradley's father, Danny, was a former Sooner quarterback who lettered at OU from 1981-84. Back home at Pine Bluff, Mark Bradley played receiver, quarterback, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner for his high school team. He earned All-State honors as a senior after throwing for more than 800 yards with a combined 35 touchdowns (rushing and passing). He once accounted for five touchdowns (rushing and passing) in one game, scoring by throwing, receiving, rushing, a punt return and a kick return. He was also a standout track-and-field athlete who competed in all the jumping events. Bradley was named Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in Arkansas as a senior, as he set a state high jump record at 7-4 (second in the nation that year) and broke the state meet record in the long jump at 24-7 . He was also the state decathlon champion and set a state meet record in the triple jump as a junior and set a state record in the high jump at 6-11 as a sophomore. Bradley stayed close to home and attended Arkansas-Pine Bluff University. In 2000, he caught eleven passes for 256 yards (23.3 avg) and four touchdowns. He was having a banner sophomore campaign in the first five games of the 2001 season, but suffered a torn knee ligament and missed the final six contests. He finished with 13 receptions for 203 yards (15.6 avg) and two touchdowns, adding 196 yards and a pair of scores on seven punt returns (28.0 avg) before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament. He finished his two-year career at APB with 24 catches for 459 yards (19.1 avg) and six touchdowns, seven punt returns for 196 yards (28.0 avg) and two scores and three kickoff returns for 40 yards (13.3 avg). Mark decided to transfer to Oklahoma, sitting out the 2002 season as a redshirt. He saw action as a reserve in twelve games during the 2003 season. Bradley totaled 194 yards and two touchdowns on eleven catches (17.6 avg), completed a 17-yard pass for a score, had nine tackles on special teams and returned seven kickoffs for 247 yards (35.3 avg) and a touchdown. He followed with four starting assignments in 2004. Mark made 23 catches for 491 yards (21.3 avg) and seven touchdowns. He rushed four times for 73 yards (18.2 avg) and a score and added 236 yards on 12 kickoff returns (19.7 avg). He also recorded four tackles on special teams and completed a 30-yard pass. In 25 games with the Sooners, Bradley totaled 685 yards and nine touchdowns on 34 catches (20.1 avg). He completed both pass attempts for 47 yards and carried four times for 73 yards and a score. He also returned 19 kickoffs for 483 yards (25.4 avg), including a touchdown. Mark also registered 13 tackles (11 solos). For his complete college career, he had 58 receptions for 1,114 yards (19.7 avg), 22 kickoff returns for 523 yards (23.8 avg) and a score and eight punt returns for 199 yards (24.9 avg) and two touchdowns.
Analysis: Positives...Has a solid linear build with defined upper body muscle tone, tight waist and hips and low body fat...Has a quick get-off out of his stance to gain sudden advantage and shows above average quickness in and out of his routes...Uses effective swim or change of direction moves to avoid the jam...Best on outs, comebacks, stops and double moves... Has very good sideline awareness, getting his feet down in bounds while adjusting to the ball...Does not waste a lot of motion coming out of his breaks...Creates a nice target in the short area and shows decent concentration going for the ball in a crowd, taking a hit and hanging on to the ball...Good on slants and quick screen, as he can instantly turn and run after the catch...Not shy when it comes to blocking, doing a good job of maintaining position when working on the edge...Has explosive jumping ability and will not hesitate to go vertical in order to make the play...Shows a strong arm to throw the option pass...Very quick getting down field as a gunner on special teams...Also holds for placements.
Negatives...While he will use swim moves to avoid the jam, he struggles some vs. press coverage and is better vs. the cushion...Even though he has very good foot speed, he relies on double moves to get deep...Does not do a good job of tracking the ball over his shoulder or head on fade routes...Seems to prefer to cradle and body catch the ball rather than extend away from the frame...There are some rounded cuts in his patterns, but he transitions well on hard cuts...Needs to learn how to set defensive backs up by using leverage and must carry his routes to proper depth better...Drives hard off the line when he gets going, but vs. the press, he will take a false step or two.
Agility tests: (Combine) 4.42 in the 40-yard dash...2.62 20-yard dash...1.59 10-yard dash...3.98 20-yard shuttle... 10.88 60-yard shuttle...6.96 three-cone drill...39.5-inch vertical jump...10'8" broad jump...31 3/8-inch arm length...8 7/8-inch hands...11 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Pine Bluff (Ark.) High School, playing football for coach Joe Hart...Three-year starter who played receiver, quarterback, defensive back, punt returner and kick returner... All-State choice as a senior after throwing for more than 800 yards with a combined 35 touchdowns (rushing and passing)...Accounted for five touchdowns (rushing and passing) in one game, scoring by throwing, receiving, rushing, punt return and kick return...All-State pick as a junior at receiver...Led the team in receiving with more than 700 yards... Standout track and field athlete who competed in all the jumping events...Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year in Arkansas as a senior...Set a state high jump record at 7-4 (second in the nation that year) and broke the state meet record in the long jump at 24-7 1/2...State decathlon champ...Set a state meet record in the triple jump as a junior and set a state record in the high jump at 6-11 as a sophomore.
Personal: Sociology major...Son of Danny Bradley, a former Sooner quarterback, who lettered atOU from 1981-84, and Chelsea Perry...Born 1/29/82...Resides in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
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#42 IS SETTING UP SWEET!
What a bunch od bad drafting around us! whooohhooo
I wouldnt say awful but at least a slight reach.
He is a good athlete but I like Terrance Murphy more.
They did need a young WR.
JT, this guy is a 3rd rounder at the very best!
One year at OU prompts him to go in the 2nd? I agree... he should have been much lower... he'll be a return man...