January 24, 2012

Senior Bowl Wrap, Day 1: Bradham working at MLB

MOBILE, Ala.----After playing the majority of his career at weakside linebacker for Florida State, Nigel Bradham worked primarily as a middle linebacker during Monday's first Senior Bowl practice.

Bradham lined up in the middle between former Miami linebacker Sean Spence and former Arkansas linebacker Jake Bequette for the South team, which is being coached by Mike Shannahan and his Washington Redskins staff.

"It was good. I enjoyed myself," Bradham said. "They've got me at mike right now calling out the defenses and stuff. Just being vocal. It's feels normal to me because I've been doing that all year. It feels good. I'm enjoying it."

Bradham said he felt comfortable throughout his first day, showing a good balance of pass and run coverage skills. The highlight of his day was big hit on former Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard.

"I feel like the first day was good for me," he said. "I showed some good coverage today I feel like. Showed some good run skills, I had a couple good hits. I feel like everything was pretty good."

The fact that Bradham lined up in the middle may come as a surprise to some, but the Wakulla, Fla. native said it didn't really surprise him at all. Bradham has already met with a couple of NFL teams at the Senior Bowl and said that depending on the scheme, most have wanted him as an inside guy.

"Some teams that run a 4-3, say I'm more outside or I could do mike," he said. "In 3-4 defense's, most of them want me at the mike or mo, which is the two inside backers. Only one team has said something about being on the outside edge. We'll see how it goes."

Sanders hires high-profile agent

Following Monday's first Senior Bowl practice, former FSU tackled Zebrie Sanders walked off the field to speak with medias of the member about his day, but not after a word from his high-profile agent first.

"Great job today," his agent Drew Rosenhaus told him.

Rosenhaus reps over 90 different players in the NFL, and has gotten a somewhat negative reputation for his brash style. Sanders said the decision to sign with Rosenhaus' agency netted good and bad reactions from coaches, scouts and friends.

"There was definitely some negative and positive feedback from coaches and friends," Sanders said. "I just felt like it was good opportunity to for me just because what he brought to the table. His experience with offensive lineman, his experience with first round draft picks, high draft picks, and what he could do-just the exposure."

Sanders said he signed with Rosenhuas the day after the Champs Sports Bowl, because he just wanted to be finished with process as quickly as possible so he could focus on the draft. He said he and his parents both felt like it was the right decision.

"At the end of the day I just felt like I just had to go with my gut feeling," Sanders said. "I prayed about it along with my parents. My parents actually liked him, and my parents are probably the most strict people and they gave me the Ok so I'm just going to stick with him."

Sanders worked as a right tackle the first day in Mobile, and had mixed results as he went up against the high-caliber talent of Quinton Coples and Courtney Upshaw.

"I'm just trying to get my steps down," Sanders said of the first day. "I was a little rusty today, but I'm trying to pick it up and learn what I've got to learn so I can protect my quarterback."

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