Oakland Raiders: A Mid to Late Round Gem Shining Bright

NOTE: The article was updated on March 16th, 2012 after the Oakland Raiders released Kamerion Wimbley

With the release of Kamerion Wimbley on Friday March 16th, scouts should already be looking for a replacement through the means of either free agency or the draft. At the moment, one would suspect the latter as a better option.

If they elect to find his replacement for cheap, they should look no further than from Wimbley's own alma mater, the Florida State Seminoles.

Entering the draft with the honor of being a four-year starter as a 'Nole, Nigel Bradham never put up the kind of stats that would have one in awe, but he made some noise starting his first game against bitter rival, Miami. Bradham's 2008 season ended well, he finished as the fourth-leading tackler on an explosive defense packed with playmakers.

Bradham's sophomore year saw him start all 12 games, this time exploding into the scene as the leading tackler in on the 'Noles defense with 93 solo hits. Some questioned Bradham's hands, but he did manage to pull in two interceptions.

His last year as a Seminole saw Bradham continue his success as a starter,once again earning the honors of the 'Noles tackling leader with 98 (51 of those were solo, wow!) and 5.5 tackles for losses. Finishing the season #11 in the ACC for tackles, Bradham looked to continue his success, and did. He came back for his senior season and as co-captain and once again blew up the tackling count. He lead the defense with 86 tackles (56 solo) and had a career game against the then #1 ranked Oklahoma Sooners with nine tackles and one interception from the then Heisman hopeful, Landry Jones.

With multiple decent to good linebackers leaving the Garnett and Gold, (aside from the GREAT Derrick Brooks) Bradham will enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Since having his Pro Day on the 14th of March, his draft stock has risen from a 4th to 5th candidate to a 3rd rou...

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