Adrian Bushell was once one of the nation's top recruits. He played one season in 2009 for the Florida Gators but after a rocky season in which he missed team meetings and got into arguments with members of the coaching staff, he was kicked out of the program.
At that point, Bushell had to start from the bottom and work his way back. He played two seasons at Cedar Valley Community College in Florida before transferring to Louisville where former Florida assistant head coach, Charlie Strong, was the new head coach.
He had a solid senior season for the Cardinals which culminated in an end to his college career straight out of the movies. His 21 ranked Louisville Cardinals were invited to the Sugar Bowl where they face none other than the Florida Gators. Bushell would get the opportunity to end his college career facing the team which kicked him to the curb - and he won.
The Cardinals upset the third ranked Gators in one of the best games of the 2012 bowl season and Bushell went out on top.
A 2-time All Big East selection in each of his two seasons at Louisville, the 5-10, 190 pound cornerback was rated as high as a round 5 pick, but most publications had a lower round grade on him. Much of that had to do with character concerns and consequently his less than ideal road to the draft. He also had a lackluster 40-yard dash time of 4.58.
As a senior, Bushell had just one interception but he led the team with 13 passes defended to go along with 62 tackles. He also is adept at returning kicks - returning 17 kicks for 333 yards (23.4 average) with one kick returned touchdown.
Bushell joins a group of corners trying to find a solid corps. The team drafted DJ Hayden in the first round to compete with recently signed Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter from one of two boundry starters as well as Joselio Hanson who was re-signed as the team's slot corner. That leaves one or two spots open for either Phillip Adams, Chimdi Chekwa, Coye Francies, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah or Bushell.
The remaining corner(s) will likely be those who can prove their worth on special teams. Adams and Francies have been returning kicks and punts for the team but neither has solidified themselves in the role. Currently the Raiders' top kick returner is Jacoby Ford.