South Florida Senior
Has a nice first step to potentially challenge the edge and turn the corner. Has good straight-line burst and speed. Flashes potential as a bull rusher. Shows some comfort dropping off into coverage and moving in space.
Undersized and gets pushed around vs. the run. Doesn't really get off blocks well and too easily redirected off the edge when he tries to make the inside counter move. Hasn't mastered the shoulder dip coming off the corner. Not smooth moving and changing direction when working in space.
Bedford is a nice outside linebacker prospect that plays mostly as a stand-up rusher for South Florida. He took over the role played by Jason Pierre-Paul a year ago. Had 38 tackles, 4 for loss, and 1 sack this past year despite being the starter. As a reserve his junior year, he had 10 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, and 1 sack. Transferred before his sophomore year from Independence Community College where he had 13.5 sacks as a freshman.
Bedford can develop into a decent reserve 3-4 outside linebacker. Despite his size, he doesn't really have the strength to play exclusively with his hand on the ground. He does have some ability to be a situational rusher in a 4-3 scheme, but he'll need some time to develop and get stronger. But if you want to get the most out of him, you're better off developing him as a linebacker. He has some ability to play in space, and his lack of size won't be as big an issue. He has tools, but is a guy that will likely have to contribute on special teams to get the time to develop. If he does, he might be a capable backup 3-4 outside linebacker, but has very limited upside as a starter.
Bedford would be a longshot to stick in Atlanta. He has nice speed off the edge when he puts his hand in the dirt, and could stick immediately on the practice squad. But his long-term upside is limited as a defensive end, because unless he can get a lot bigger and stronger vs. the run, he'll be limited by how much reps he can get. And his upside as a pass rusher is decent, but not to a level where he's going to be more than a 3-sack guy at the next level. His best hope would be to land on the practice squad for a few years and then try and stick as a No. 4 guy in the rotation.
Bedford might merit a sixth or seventh round pick for a 3-4 team. A 4-3 team is going to want to wait and try to get him as an undrafted free agent.
1-poor, 2-weak, 3-above average, 4-very good, 5-elite
Point of Attack: 2.0
Pass Rush: 3.5
Scouting reports of the linebackers in the 2011 Draft.
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