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April 30, 2011 @ 3:12 pm
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In Sixth Round Bucs Grab Bradford

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The Bucs have selected USC running back Allen Bradford in the sixth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Bradford has the ability to also play fullback and special teams.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected USC running back Allen Bradford with their sixth-round pick, the 187th overall pick. Bradford will compete for a roster spot to backup starter LeGarrette Blount. 

Bradford’s best season came as a senior when he ran for 794 yards and five touchdowns last season with an average of 7.2 yards per carry. He caught three passes for 74 yards and a score. For his career he ran for 1,585 yards on 267 carries (5.9 average) and 16 touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 242-pound Bradford has a surprising burst for a running back of his size. Like Blount, Bradford is a physical running back that tries to punish tacklers.

“We both are very punishing and run aggressive and we run with a chip on our shoulder,” Allen said. “I’m not looking to juke anybody, make any moves, or make any stutter-steps. I’m a one cut and go and gain a couple yards [kind of running back].”

Bradford has played some fullback in the past, and Tampa Bay could use him at either position. He sees himself as more of a tailback than fullback, but Bradford says he will play anywhere the team needs him including special teams. 

Bradford played special teams for Southern Cal and recorded 14 stops on kickoff coverage during his collegiate career. 

“[I] play running back, but I’m going to see [what my role is] when I get there,” Allen said. “I’m willing to do anything to help my team win.”

Bradford was recruited to USC as a safety. 

“Coming out of high school I was the number one linebacker and came to USC to play safety,” Allen said. “They moved me to running back because their big backs got hurt and they saw that I played running back in high school. My offense in high school was a double wing [backfield], so I really had to make the transition and learn how to run in a pro-style offense. Years and years coming up I did a good job and I still have room for improvement. I still have a lot to learn about the position.”

The Bucs could have gotten some good insight into Bradford from two former Bucs coaches currently on the USC staff. That includes legendary defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin and linebackers coach Joe Barry. Both were key assistants on the Buccaneers Super Bowl championship team.

“Coach Monte [Kiffin] was there at USC this year and last year,” Allen said. “He’s a very respectable coach. When I went to the combine, I met with the whole coaching staff. I felt that they liked me. I fell in love with the coaching staff and I’m really fired up. There are a lot of players on the team that I know already and I’m ready to go to work. Me and LeGarrette [Blount] are going to be a good combination.”

At the running back position Bradford figures to compete for a roster spot with holdover Kregg Lumpkin. Veteran Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams is a free agent and may not be re-signed. Running back Kareem Huggins is still working his way back from a knee injury, and his return to the field is uncertain. Tampa Bay could also move veteran Earnest Graham back to fullback.

Bradford said he was excited to go to a high-powered offense like the one Tampa Bay possesses.

“They really improved from last year,” Bradford said. “They have a real good quarterback. LeGarrette came in with the receivers and I just feel like adding me to the offense just adds another weapon to make it even more explosive.”

Bradford comes to the Buccaneers already knowing a few of his teammates.

“I know Kyle Moore and I trained with Da’Quan [Bowers] and I trained with Mason [Foster],” Bradford said. “I played with [Josh Freeman] back in the All-American game back in high school. I’m so excited I’m just ready to go.”

The USC running back butted heads with Pac-10 enemy Foster, who was a linebacker at Washington, and is excited to have him as a teammate.

“He’s going to come in and play,” Bradford said of Foster. “To sum it up, I respect him and he respects me.”

 ~ by Charlie Campbell, Scott Reynolds, and Andrew Scavelli
Last modified on Saturday, 30 April 2011 16:16

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    i like what im hearing from RLBIGDOG i just hope its all true
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    This is going to be a SWEET combination, Blount and Bradford, B&B. Keep Caddy for third down back with Graham at fullback. Our backfield is solid and should hold up a lot better for the season than having drafted a scatback. Also defenses are trained now to punch out footballs and create turnovers, which makes a big back tandem even more valuable. They will spell each other and they should be able to better take care of the football, and reduce turnovers. At the same time the safeties will have to play up to try and stop the run and the next thing you know a long pass will be going right over their heads for a touchdown, and our canons will be firing and all the pirate flags will be waiving. Can't Wait!!!!
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    Well Tampa Bay did their homework again. He will be an addition to the bucs family. Lets bring Caddy back also.GO Bucs
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    I didn't know anything about Bradford before now. I like what I hear so far and he seems like he fits the mold of what the Bucs are trying to do with the running game. Strong, bruising back to help Blount wear down defenses.
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    RLBIGDOG: Thank your for the insight on a player I knew nothing about until I scrambled to read what Pro Football Weekly, Ourlads and of course Mel Kiper had to say. People think it's Caddy who has seen his last days as a Buccaneer, but I think it's Graham on the exit path ahead of him. Huggins is finished. Sad.
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12KlrbyFYXM&feature=related Check out his highlight video.... I think him and Blount with another smaller back could carry the run game.... the only reason this guy wasn't taken higher was cause all the mess that was taken place at USC during his time there...
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    He played linebacker in high school and he was a true beast, but he was signed at SC as a safety. The only problem was that SC signed Taylor Mays and started him as a freshman. Point is this kid is a powerful, fast and hard working stud that will help our Buccs.
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    Thanks for drafting Allen Bradford . He will go down as one of the greatest 6th rd picks ever or at least one of them . Special teams, blocking, pass catching and the speed to take it to the house at anytime. Bradford was recruited to be a LB for USC.
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    Bucc Fans, I am a long time Bucc fan that lives in Souther California and I am very familiar with Mr. Bradford. He is a beast of a back with very good speed for a guy of his size. I watched this kid play in high school and at SC and he is a big time player. Carrol and his coaching staff forced him to switch to the offensive side of the ball, he would have been a top five safety in the country if he had stayed on the defensive side of the ball. If you look back into SC recruiting during his five years at the school they signed atleast five five star running backs during this time period. The depth charts were un-real and his power style of running was not the perfect fit for the SC offense. He did not get a fair opportunity to play on a regular basis until the end of his red shirt junior year. He also had a pretty serious hip injury during his sophmore year that required surgery. I attend SC practices on a regular basis and I have watched this kid compete up close and I have been impressed by his fight and effort. He runs hard, finishes runs and makes the tackler pay for attempting to stop him. This may sound like B.S. but I have been hoping he would stay under the radar at SC so that the Buccs could draft him in the later rounds. I jumped up and yelled like crazy when I saw that he was a Bucc.This is THUNDER AND THUNDER going forward Bucc fans---- GO BUCCS.
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    good stuff RLBIGDOG, really like to hear what your sayin bout him an hope everything you said is true an he becomes a big time player for us
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    Watched the highlights and surprised how fast he looks, very quick to the hole, punishing stiff arm. Will compliment Blount and if Huggins can come back as the small speedster, will be a great backfield.
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    http://nyg.scout.com/a.z?s=64&p=8&c=1&yr=2011&nid=1795661 He was not recruited as a safety.
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    I didn't know much about "Monster" (that's his nickname) until I saw his highlight tape. He looks like Blount's lil brother, even facially. He's a short yardage bruiser with a 7.2 YPC average. If we get a speedy change-of-pace back in the 7th or a UFA, it is going get really scary!
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    Every time the fans question Dominik and Morris, we find that they had a plan the whole time. I just can't wait to find out what their plan is at the CB position.
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    Kinda surprised to see Grahams replacement here instead of Caddys. I fully expected Locke here.
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    Also not knowing the player, but just from his short player profile--this guy could be the guy that gets that TD in Atlanta that Blount couldn't. I am enjoying watching the Bucs' get bigger and more physical. Lockett, the 4.37 combine 40 time reciever is still on the board if they wanted to get faster and test Freeman's arm in the 7th.
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    Here's what Pete Carroll says about him: ”You can see his explosiveness, the great hand-eye coordination he has and the big plays in him…He’s really a stud. He’s tough, he’s physical, he plays hard every day, he won’t back down from any challenge. The players respect him because they know he’s hard as nails and brings it. It’s a quiet toughness.”
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    Yeah, I don't know anything about this guy. I didn't catch that many USC games this past season for whatever reason. I also find it hard to assess guys from schools like USC and Penn State because they don't have the players names on the jerseys. At those schools I tend to look for the highly rated players whose numbers I know. The player has to do something spectacular for me to learn their number and go and look up their name later. I'll have to trust Dominik and the scouting department's judgement on this one.
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