"For me growing up, never really had any accolades or being recognized like that. Always had a chip on my shoulder ... and playing at Temple, you always get that 'they don’t play a lot of Power 5 schools,' so you're always underestimated."
Bradley is one of several local prospects who will have his eyes glued to the NFL Draft coverage this week.
"It’s a lot of anxiousness, for sure, because you’re never really sure where you’re going to end up,” Bradley said. “Definitely nervous, a little bit, but also excited. I’m ready to take this next step in my life. Get this thing started.”
The pre-draft process has been slightly different for Bradley and other prospects than in previous years. Because of social restrictions in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been no in-person meetings for several weeks. Bradley has been speaking with teams virtually.
“You miss out on visiting teams and doing the workouts and things like that. But on the other hand, you get to spend time with your family," he said. "And then, when you do have these calls, you get to pick coaches heads and talk to them a little more and get to find out their personality better.”
Bradley has been doing his best to stay in shape despite the closure of training facilities. He’s been able to maintain a workout regimen in New Jersey. His agent, as he enters the NFL, is former Eagles linebacker Barry Gardner.
“It’s awesome,” Bradley said of having Gardner as his representative. "He’s a linebacker. He played in the league. He teaches me a lot. ... Helps me develop, figuring out things, learning life lessens — whether it’s learning how to budget my money better, managing my time. Barry’s doing a real good job. He’s a real relatable person. Really good agent."
One of the teams Bradley has talked to is the Eagles. He thinks it would be a great situation for him because of the proximity to home. And a lot of his family are Eagles fans.
Bradley is going to watch the virtual Draft with his immediate family, and maybe a few friends.
“I’m keeping it short and simple, sweet. Just gonna try to enjoy the moment with everybody, just soak it all in because I keep hearing you don’t get this time over again. I’m just gonna try to take everything in and be with the people I love.”
Bradley could be a Day 3 pick. When asked what round he thinks he’s going to land in, he said, “I’m not hoping for nothing specific. I would just love to be drafted, that’s all and just get an opportunity. Just hear my name called. ... Just ready to start this next chapter.”