James Bradberry was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2016 in hopes to replace what they lost in Josh Norman, and what they got was exactly that. The second round pick out of Samford University, Bradberry is a big physical corner who has proved that he can stand with the elite matching up against Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and Michael Thomas twice a year for the last few seasons.
He has shown great success doing so posting a 44% completion rate in 2018, and even though he dropped to a 59% in 2019, teams didnt target him nearly as much and he tripled his total number of interceptions.
Bradberry is going to garner top end market value as well getting what I expect to be in the $14-$16 million range. It is yet to be seen if the Panthers will opt to franchise tag him, or let him walk into free agency. Bradberry is also on record saying he wouldn’t mind playing for his former coach Ron Rivera, who is currently the new head coach of the Washington Redskins.
If the Raiders missed out on Byron Jones, or felt like they could get the highly talented Bradberry at a better price then Jones, they could potentially land one of the young rising stars in this league at the position. Heading into a new era as they transition to Las Vegas, it would instantly elevate a defense that looks to try and keep up with their Super Bowl Champion division rivals the Kansas City Chiefs and compete for a division title.