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Bradley Fletcher (DB)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 196
College: Iowa
Conference: Big Ten
Hometown: Youngstown, OH
High School: Liberty HS
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Selected by: St. Louis Rams
Round: 3
Pick (Overall): 2 (66)
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Pick Analysis: The Rams add an athletic cornerback with their pick of Fletcher. The former Hawkeye has the size to slide inside to safety, but he should make his initial contribution as a nickel or dime defender in the Rams' sub-package.
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Overview

The waiting was finally over in 2008 for Fletcher, who emerged as one of the elite pass defenders in the Big Ten Conference in his final season.


Always the good soldier since arriving on campus in 2004, he toiled on special teams as a redshirt freshman. He started four games while sharing left cornerback duties with Adam Shada as a sophomore and then shifted to the right side in 2007. He spent his junior campaign alternating with Charles Godfrey, picking up four more starting assignments.


With Godfrey having graduated, it was time for Fletcher to step up his leadership role in 2008. He manned the left cornerback position all season, as the All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention finished fifth on the team with 60 tackles and defended 13 passes.


Fletcher was a first-team All-Conference, All-County, All-District, All-Northwest Ohio, All-Ohio and North/South All-State selection as a senior at Liberty High School. He was also named first-team All-Conference and All-County, along with special mention All-Ohio as a junior.


As a defensive back, Fletcher recorded 207 tackles (81 solo), 13 pass breakups and four interceptions during his career. He registered 74 tackles (43 solos), two interceptions and six pass deflections as a senior. He also performed as a running back, as he rushed 143 times for 815 yards 12 touchdowns as a senior, adding 17 receptions for 314 yards and one kickoff return for 61 yards. In addition to football, he was also an All-State choice in basketball.


Fletcher enrolled at Iowa in 2004, spending the season on the scout team. He played in nine games, seeing action mostly on special teams in 2005, finishing with one solo tackle. He shared left cornerback duties in 2006, appearing in 13 games with four starts. He ranked 11th on the team with 38 tackles (24 solos), as he caused one fumble and broke up four passes.


In 2007, Fletcher again started four times, this time on the right side, seeing action in 11 games. He sat out the season opener vs. Northern Illinois for violating team rules, but went on to post 53 tackles (31 solos) while causing and recovering a fumble. He broke up three passes and had the first two interceptions for his career.


The 2008 campaign saw Fletcher receive All-Big Ten Conference mention. The starter at left cornerback made the most of his opportunity, coming up with 60 tackles (44 solos), as he caused a fumble and knocked down ten passes. He also had three interceptions.


High School

Attended Liberty (Youngstown, Ohio) High School, playing football for head coach Jeff Whitaker...First-team All-Conference, All-County, All-District, All-Northwest Ohio, All-Ohio and North/South All-State selection as a senior...Named first-team All-Conference and All-County, along with special mention All-Ohio as a junior...As a defensive back, Fletcher recorded 207 tackles (81 solo), 13 pass breakups and four interceptions during his career...Registered 74 tackles (43 solos), two interceptions and six pass deflections as a senior...Also performed as a running back, as he rushed 143 times for 815 yards 12 touchdowns as a senior, adding 17 receptions for 314 yards and one kickoff return for 61 yards...In addition to football, he was also an All-State choice in basketball.


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Analysis

Positives: Excellent size and athleticism for the position; should become effective jamming receivers as a press corner. Gives good effort on every play. Mirrors even the fastest receivers down the sideline. Closes on the ball quickly when playing off his man. Good vertical and strength to high-point the ball in traffic. Fair hands for the interception, and has the coordination and arm length to knock passes away without drawing a flag. Physical enough with receivers to knock the ball out after the catch.


Negatives: A bit stiff in the hips, as his height can be a detriment when trying to stay with quicker receivers. Can be a bit tall in his backpedal and lateral movement, allowing better NFL receivers to take advantage of slants and double moves. Might move to free safety like former Hawkeye Charles Godfrey. Overly physical and pulls jersey when beaten, which will pick up penalties in the NFL. Must be more consistent using his hands to redirect receivers at the line of scrimmage. Aggressive on out routes, will bite on pump fakes and only has adequate recovery speed. Will drop the occasional interception. Arrested for drunk driving in 2007. He pleaded guilty and attended an OWI(operating while intoxicated) program.


Injury Report

2007: Left the Michigan State game (10/27) after suffering a high ankle sprain.


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