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Tennessee Football Signee Makes Surprise NFL Draft Appearance on Thursday

Chandavian Bradley NFL Draft
Tennessee signee Chandavian Bradley (far left, No. 9 jersey) at the 2023 NFL Draft. Photo via ESPN and ABC broadcast/@Vol_Football on Twitter.

While Chandavian Bradley is hoping to hear his name called on the big stage a few years down the road, the Tennessee Football signee officially made his NFL Draft debut on Thursday night in Kansas City.

Prior to the Seahawks’ No. 20 overall pick in the draft, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell introduced six high-school student-athletes to the stage to represent local youth league football and the NFL’s Flag Football initiative. Tennessee signee Chandavian Bradley, from Platte County High School in Missouri, was among the players up on the stage for the pick.

Bradley stood on the far right side of the group and was wearing his grey high school jersey with orange numbers.

If you’re one to believe in foreshadowing for the future, you might consider this to be a good omen for Bradley.

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Chandavian Bradley is a four-star EDGE rusher that has signed his official letter of intent and will join the Tennessee football program at some point this offseason. Bradley is one of the highest-rated commits to Josh Heupel’s 2023 class and has stuck with the program since committing on July 10, 2022.

“Long, athletic defender that has high upside but is still early in his development,” 247 Sports national recruiting analyst Allen Trieu wrote about Bradley last summer. “Athletic background includes basketball and track. Has twitch, gets off the ball quickly and closes to his target in a hurry. He is fluid and able to bend and dip and make offensive linemen miss their punch on him. Has played standing up and could continue to do that in college. Shows he can drop into coverage when asked to do that. 3-4 outside linebacker or weakside 4-3 end are most likely projections.”

To go full circle, Trieu also listed Bradley as a 2-3 Round NFL Draft prediction during his high school evaluation.

The 6-foot-5, 209-pound EDGE rusher is one of six players from the Tennessee class that has signed their official letter of intent but has not officially made the move to Knoxville yet as they finish out their season year of high school back home. Bradley is the highest-rated player that is left to join Tennessee’s program at some point this summer.

The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft will continue on Friday night as VFLs Hendon Hooker, Jalin Hyatt, Cedric Tillman, and Byron Young wait to hear their name called out.

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