Nov 30, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Arizona State Sun Devils linebacker Carl Bradford celebrates a first quarter sack against the Arizona Wildcats in the 87th annual Territorial Cup at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona State LB Carl Bradford will decide NFL future after Holiday Bowl


The Arizona State Sun Devils enjoyed a lot of success in their second year under Todd Graham. They won the Pac-12 South title, and a lot of that had to do with the much-improved play of the Sun Devils’ defense.

On pivotal part of that unit was linebacker Carl Bradford. On the season, the 6-1, 242-pounder accounted for 8.5 sacks, good enough for first on the team.

Because of his outstanding play, many have speculated that the defensive threat will bypass the 2014 season in Tempe and head off to the NFL Draft. Bradford has even helped fuel this speculation by requesting his potential draft grade from the National Football League.

No matter what that evaluation says, though, Bradford will wait until after his team plays in the upcoming Holiday Bowl  on Dec. 30 to make his final decision on whether to stay or go:

“I’ll just see what they say, talk it over with my family and just pray on it and go from there,” Bradford told the Arizona Republic.

If he does decide to go to the NFL, someone in the league is getting one of the most versatile defensive players out there. Bradford can pass rush well off the edge, and was fantastic in coverage all year.

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