Zach Bradshaw is a 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete from Damascus, Maryland. Virginia landed Bradshaw after he decommitted from Penn State in the wake of the sanctions handed down from the NCAA. Slotted to play linebacker, Bradshaw has tremendous speed for his position. Bradshaw projects as a solid weakside linebacker. At Damascus, Bradshaw was a stud on special teams, a task in which he should also excel at UVA. Bradshaw returned punts and kicks, as well as working at receiver and linebacker. He possess a tremendous football IQ, which will translate well at linebacker, especially when he needs to drop into coverage and blanket a slot receiver or a tight end. Bradshaw has tremendous ball skills and solid top-end speed. He will need to gain weight to play, but should become a contributor to the base defense by the end of his career.
UVA Analysis: Bradshaw needs to pack on some pounds. If he gets to 225-230 he will be a nightmare. I think he will redshirt this season, but if Coach Lewis sees something in him, he may not. I think he will be starting and a solid contributor before his career is out, and will grow into a special teams maven.