The 2020 season is just around the corner and the Cleveland Browns have made significant upgrades to their roster.
They’ve added talent through free agency and some young studs during the 2020 NFL Draft.
After the draft concluded, the Browns signed 15 undrafted players.
Most of these players won’t make the roster, but will have a chance to compete during camp.
One of the more interesting players that was signed by Cleveland is Louisiana wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley.
Who is Ja’Marcus Bradley?
The Browns have plenty of wide receiver depth, so it’ll be an uphill battle for Bradley.
He was projected to be a late-round prospect, but did not hear his name called on draft day.
Bradley put together an extremely productive college career that shouldn’t be overlooked.
His receiving yards and receptions increased each year in college.
His college career really started to take off during his junior year.
He hauled in 40 receptions, 608 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns through 14 games during his junior season.
Percentage of catches that a WR forced a missed tackle:
1. Jauan Jennings – 51%
2. Ceedee Lamb – 42%
3. Ja'Marcus Bradley – 38% pic.twitter.com/BsigSZH5c7
— PFF College (@PFF_College) April 3, 2020
Bradley followed that up with 60 receptions, 906 receiving yards, and 10 touchdowns in 2019.
He finished his college career with 160 receptions, 2,359 yards, and 23 touchdowns through four seasons at Louisiana.
During his virtual workout, Bradley reportedly ran a 4.4 forty yard dash.
It is quite surprising he wasn’t drafted especially after his impressive East-West Shrine Bowl week.
Why Did Teams Pass on Bradley?
The talent seems to be there, but somehow it wasn’t enough to impress professional teams.
Possibly part of the problem was he didn’t play against great talent in the Sun Belt conference.
He looked solid playing against those players, but Bradley wouldn’t be able to match up against professional-level talent.
Bradley did finish with more receiving yards during his senior year, but maybe that doesn’t tell the entire story.
The East open up the scoring at the @ShrineBowl!
James Morgan finds Ja'Marcus Bradley for the TD 🙌
📺: @ShrineBowl on NFL Network pic.twitter.com/jvLEF86FtS
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) January 18, 2020
His receiving yards per reception during Bradley’s senior year was almost identical to his junior campaign.
Which basically means, Bradley had more receptions in 2019, but he was not getting further down the field than the year prior.
He hauled in 20 more receptions, but really wasn’t making much more progress when it came time to run with the football.
All of these little things added up into the reason as to why organizations decided to pass on Bradley during the draft.
Can Bradley Make The Browns Roster?
It is not going to be an easy journey for Bradley to make the Browns 53-man roster.
The organization already has most of their wide receiver spots spoken for before camp begins.
Bradley will need to prove to the team that he is valuable enough to keep on the roster.
At worst, Bradley can land on the practice squad and develop his game with the coaching staff that way.
However, he’ll need to show that he belongs on the NFL roster during the preseason.
He has solid ball skills, good hands, and quickness, so maybe Bradley can be a useful option on special teams.
It’s highly unlikely that Bradley would see any playing time at all during the 2020 season.
He’ll be a low-end prospect who might be able to contribute in other areas other than receiver for Cleveland.
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