Defensive Tackle, Alabama 6ft 3in – 307lbs
|40yd dash: 5.21s||Bench Press: N/A|
|Vertical Jump: 31in||3 Cone Drill: 7.77s|
|Broad Jump: 8ft 8in||20yd Shuttle: 4.75s|
There are immovable objects, and then there is Jarran Reed. The big ‘Bama defensive tackle is every blockers nightmare, with a powerful punch and superb anchor. He can hold his own against double teams and eat up space on the inside. Reed isn’t going to pressure the passer much but he is capable of going straight into the lineup now, his technique and skill set are that good. Reed arrived in Alabama as a JUCO transfer in 2014, and while he started slowly in the SEC he soon acclimatised to the higher level of competition. Reed’s solid presence in the middle of the defense allows everyone else to move freely as he will demand a double team when on the field. He is nimbler than expected and can get himself out to the ball if edge runs get delayed and he will be productive in any defensive front. As a result Reed has been in contact with a lot of teams during the pre-draft process. He’s had private visits with Buffalo, San Diego, the New York Jets, Detroit, Carolina, New Orleans, Houston and Minnesota. Some of these teams don’t need a defensive tackle but Reed is a terrific prospect who is worth a look for a lot of teams. There are so many quality defensive tackle options in this draft class that Reed could go as high at 6 to Baltimore or slide into the second round. We have 10 interior defensive linemen with a 1st round grade, meaning that someone is going to fall out of the first round and have to come back to the green room on friday. I don’t think that will be Reed though, he’s just too good for that to happen. New Orleans at 12, Oakland at 14 or Detroit at 16 are all reasonable landing spots for Reed but if he does slide there are teams like Green Bay who will be waiting with open arms to catch him at the back of the first round.