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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE William Bradley-King

  • The Draft Network
  • January 21, 2021
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PROSPECT SUMMARY – WILLIAM BRADLEY-KING

Originally starting his career at Arkansas State prior to transferring to Baylor for his final collegiate season, Williams Bradley-King is a long and well-layered defensive end that’s built like a 3-4 outside linebacker. In the Red Wolves defense, he has aligned mostly on the weak side and has mixed up his stance from time-to-time, but he has seen most of his action come from a sprinter stance. He plays with an extremely patient approach and isn’t quick to overcommit on run concepts. He’s able to anticipate pullers well and meets them with force at the point of attack. Bradley-King uses violent shoulder throws and his length in order to provide a jolt through the body of incoming blockers. Sack production throughout his career has come off of true wins. His first step out of the blocks has plenty of juice and he has the athleticism to win the corner. He has a multitude of ways of how he can win at the point of attack. He's highly crafty as a pass rusher and shows lots of hand-to-hand creativity when rushing the passer. He's aggressive with swatting hands down and then proceeding into the next steps of his rush plans. As a run defender, he often gets fixated on his individual battle that he remains oblivious to contain responsibilities. Allowing runs to bounce outside, he gets caught often attacking the midline of offensive tackles instead of staying on the outside shoulder while remaining cautious of perimeter threats. His eyes can get caught looking elsewhere and it results in plays going for big gains to his side. Chasing or having an impact on plays outside of the box are inconsistent and he can appear a bit heavy-footed while in pursuit.

Ideal Role: Rush 3-4 outside linebacker

Scheme Fit: 3-4 outside linebacker

FILM EVALUATION

Written by Jordan Reid

Games watched: Kansas State (2020), West Virginia (2020), Oklahoma State (2020), Oklahoma (2020), Texas Tech (2020)

Best Game Studied: Texas Tech (2020), West Virginia (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Kansas State (2020)

First-Step Explosiveness: Bradley-King possesses plenty of early acceleration as he can get up the field quickly out of a sprinter's stance. Showing more comfort from a stand-up position, he plays with a slight knee bend, which enables him to come out of the starting blocks with lots of speed. Having experience from both a stand-up position and with his hand in the dirt, teams could view his scheme versatility as an added bonus. 

Flexibility: Bradley-King has lots of body flexibility throughout. Able to twist and turn his body during moves, he has a wide variety of moves that he’s comfortable deploying. A cross chock, spin move, and quick swim have all been notable on him. He’s savvy with when and how to use each depending on the matchup he’s facing on a weekly basis. His biggest issues have come with consistency with using each and finishing plays with sacks. Bradley-King does tend to play high, which is seen in multiple areas of his game. Lowering his pad level on rush moves could help him significantly. 

Hand Counters: Still learning how to have an answer to the answer of the opposition, he has few responses that are effective. Thriving off of his first move working, he’s yet to develop dependable plan Bs throughout his career. He can’t be left at a standstill if his initial move isn't effective. 

Length: Possessing adequate length, Bradley-King has long enough arms at the point of attack to be effective in a multitude of ways. Utilizing his length more so as a pass rusher, he’s still figuring things out on the job in order to be considered a consistent threat against the run. Setting edges, keeping his outside shoulder free, and showing his physicality against kick-out blockers are the areas where he still needs to continue to develop. 

Hand Power: With lots of power in his initial moves, Bradley-King is effective with unraveling his hands free of pass pro punches from blockers. He can quickly swipe them away and continue on with his moves. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the same can’t be said for him as a run defender as he can struggle to detach. 

Run Defending: He's an average run defender overall that displays an awareness for concepts. Teams often opted to leave him unblocked and instead place him in binds with zone reads or read-option plays that forced him to temper his aggressiveness a bit. Facing high and low moments when in those predicaments, he had some moments of where his impatience got him into trouble with overrunning plays or simply having a lack of discipline. 

Effort/Motor: One area that will hardly ever be questioned in his game, Bradley-King plays extremely hard throughout games. With his motor always cranked up, he had a tendency of it running a bit too hard. Tempering his motor a bit and playing more under control could help him in many areas. Getting up for true pass-rushing downs, he can get up the field quickly to test the technique and quickness of blockers. 

Football IQ: A highly aware prospect, he has a good feel in the run game of what concepts are coming his way. Preparing himself for certain types of run schemes, he attacks it with different methods—the sign of an aware player that can uncover the strength and weaknesses of various run schemes. 

Lateral Mobility: Containing plenty of intensity throughout games, his ball pursuit matches it throughout. Bradley-King always gives him a chance to make plays because of how well he follows the ball. Even if on the opposite side of the field, he will attempt to chase the ball down from his current locations. Even though his feet appear to be slightly clunky when in the open field, he has the catch-up speed necessary in order to get back into plays. 

Versatility: With experience dropping into coverage, Bradley-King already has checked a lot of the boxes for tendencies that he will be asked to do as a 3-4 outside linebacker. While not looking like a fish out of water in coverage, he still has some developing to do as far as his feel when covering areas. With his eyes so fixated on the QB, he can lack the awareness of the moving parts around his zones.

SCOUT GRADES

TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Jordan Reid: 73/100

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