April 28, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The first Florida State player since Marvin Jones to lead the Seminoles in tackles three consecutive seasons became the first Seminole selected in the 2012 NFL Draft. Linebacker Nigel Bradham was selected in the fourth round with the 105th overall pick by the Buffalo Bills Saturday.
“I’m extremely happy for Nigel and his family,” FSU head football coach Jimbo Fisher said. “I know he’s worked very hard in accomplishing this goal. He was a phenomenal player at Florida State – one of the best we’ve had. He’s an outstanding young man. I’m sure he’s going to be a great pro and I’m looking forward to watching him at the next level.”
Bradham became the 31st Seminole linebacker ever taken in the NFL Draft and the sixth FSU player ever taken by the Bills. Sam Cowart was the last one in 1998.
A three-year starter at weakside linebacker, Bradhamn matched the consensus All-American Jones (1990-92) by leading FSU in tackles the last three seasons. He finished with a four-year total of 306 tackles and his 21.5 career tackles for loss rank 25th in school history.
As a senior in 2011, he earned All-ACC honorable mention in helping FSU rank as the No. 4 defense nationally – second-best defense against the run and No. 20 in pass defense. Bradham was named a team captain, one of three defensive Most Valuable Players and the recipient of the Bill McGrotha Humanitarian Award at the team’s annual banquet. He closed his final season with 86 tackles while also leading FSU in tackles in 2009 (93) and 2010 (98). He finished with 39 career starts, including his final 37 games.