Adrian Bushell was picked up by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent earlier this morning. This marks the first Louisville player to be picked up by a NFL team in this years class.
Bushell started out his career at Florida and was a regular there during his redshirt freshman year. After a solid season which included 14 tackles and 1 pick, Bushell transferred due to academic and off the field issues. Bushell went to Coffeyville Community College to play the next season. Bushell continued to improve his game, while he was at Coffeyville, he racked up 31 tackles, 2 picks and 11 knockdowns. Bushell also played a little bit of running back at Coffeyville.
Bushell then followed his former defensive cordinator at Florida, Charlie Strong, to Louisville. Bushell was named First Team All-Big East during the 2011 season. He continued that success into the 2012 season as he was named Coaches All-Big East first-team. During his senior season he managed 61 tackles, 13 knockdowns and 1 interception. Along with his suffocating defense he was a dynamic kick returner, returning 17 kicks for 333 yards.
Bushell has been through a lot during his years in college and is definitely mentally tough enough to make it in the NFL. Many scouts say that he reminds them of former Card NFL standout, Johnny Patrick. His ability to both cover a wide out and blitz affectively is something that could make him stand apart from some of the other defensive backs in this years incoming NFL class. Also DB’s were a need of the Oakland Raiders coming into the draft this year, so that bodes well for his chances of making the team.
We wish the best of luck to Bushell in his journey and hope to see him as a Super Bowl Champion one of these days.
Here is a excerpt from NFL.com on the strengths that scouts saw in Bushell:
Confident outside cornerback with good length. Good short-area quickness to adjust to receiver moves off the line, stay with them on double moves, and avoid their blocks in the run game. Gives good effort as a tackler, fights through stiff-arms from larger receivers to drag them down and will shove ballcarriers out of bounds—not simply escort them. Solid in run support, rips off blocks outside and will crash inside when uncovered; also effective cutting down backs in space with his shoulder. Regularly used as a blitzer. Hand-eye coordination is very good, is able to knock away passes in front of receivers and get his hands into passing lanes when blitzing. Solid hands for the interception, as well. Displays quick closing speed off the corner as a punt blocker. Offers cutting vision and toughness as a kick returner, and takes advantage of open lanes. Works as a gunner on punt coverage.