Allen Bradford was a sixth round draft choice out of USC in the 2011 NFL Draft. He was selected as a running back by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but was soon waived, which was when the Seahawks swooped in and claimed him. Bradford then endured a series of roster moves which eventually resulted in him being placed on the practice squad, where he remained for the rest of the 2011 season. In 2012, he again spent most of the season on the practice squad, only to be activated for the Week 17 game against the Rams.
In the process, Bradford was converted from running back to linebacker, which he hadn't played since high school. In the recent preseason, his position change was put to display with impressive results.
He led the Seahawks in tackles (22), including eight tackle performances against the Chargers and Raiders. His performance forced the Seahawks to give him a spot on the 53-man roster, and he played in the Week 1 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
Another linebacker whom Bradford was competing against in training camp was John Lotulelei, who was an undrafted free agent out of UNLV. He (and his hair) also had an impressive preseason and made the 53-man roster. I thought both deserved their spots on the roster, but that Bradford was more impressive of the two. The fact that Lotulelei was inactive for Week 1 supported that belief, which was why I was so surprised to see Bradford, and not Lotulelei (or Benson Mayowa) released with the recent signing of Kellen Davis.
Why would the Seahawks release Bradford if they, one, have a longer history with him, and two, put the extra effort into converting him to a linebacker? I'm sure the Seahawks hope to stash him on the practice squad, but I worry that another team (Jaguars perhaps) will claim him off waivers. Bradford was simply too good in the preseason to be ignored. And while Lotulelei was also impressive, I see him as having a better chance of slipping through waivers unclaimed.
Bradford is an NFL talent with the skills to warrant a spot on an NFL team's 53-man roster. I just hope that it's with the Seahawks.