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Grade
71.5 ?
  • 4.72 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 23 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 113.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6'1" Height
  • 32 1/4" Arm Length
  • 243LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/4" Hands

Overview

Everyone knows the trials and tribulations that the North Carolina football program has faced over the past couple of seasons, but Reddick’s suffered his own personal setbacks while in Chapel Hill. He played a season at Hargrave Military Academy after his qualifying ACT score caused a red flag from the NCAA (he failed to meet the required mark on his re-take). Reddick then enrolled at Chapel Hill in January 2009, but missed most of spring practices with mononucleosis. As if that wasn’t enough, the North Carolina native lost his high school state championship ring and pictures of his young daughter in an apartment fire (started on the floor above) in July 2010.



Reddick has certainly proven himself when on the field, playing in every game and starting the final seven (45 tackles, 5.5 for loss) as a true freshman. He lined up in the middle for all 13 games in 2010, leading a very deep and talented team in tackles with 74, six for loss, and five pass breakups; he also returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown against Virginia. Though he wasn’t fully healthy during 2011, missing one game and another start with an ankle sprain, the team captain still managed 74 tackles, six for loss. As a senior, Reddick’s role expanded greatly. He still played plenty of snaps at middle linebacker in the base defense, but North Carolina used him more extensively as a blitzer and put him on the edge more often (both as a stand-up linebacker and as a defensive end), very similarly to how Brandon Spikes’ role grew as a senior with the Florida Gators. He totaled 85 tackles, 18.5 tackles for loss, and 6.5 sacks while earning first-team All-Conference honors.

Analysis

Strengths

Intelligent, hard-working defender who consistently fulfills his assignments. When at middle linebacker, he reads his keys, doesn’t freelance, hits his run fits, and doesn’t play outside of his abilities. Good vision to the ball, out-quicks approaching linemen, works his way through trash well, and has the upper body strength to wrap up running backs coming through the hole. Also takes out linemen with cut blocks to free up teammates to make the stop. Shows surprising dip and flexibility around the edge as a defensive end, and boxes well to force the ball back inside. Does not possess sideline to sideline range, but has a nice short area closing burst, coming downhill quickly on blitzing or seeing a lane to a running back. Breaks down quickly to grab elusive ballcarriers trying to cut against the grain. Can handle short areas in zone coverage over the middle against tight ends and crossers, and is capable of dropping into coverage even after showing blitz in the A-gaps before the snap.

Weaknesses

Height works against him at times; loses the leverage battle in the run game and struggles dealing with trash at his feet, being susceptible to cut blocks. Better reading his keys to beat blockers to their spot than taking them on and disengaging. Gets overaggressive shooting gaps and running himself upfield, allowing backs to find cutback lanes. Lacks elite recovery speed to catch ballcarriers if he false steps or is unable to get off a block. Must prove he has the stamina to play four quarters at a high level in the NFL. Phone booth player with average change-of-direction ability who will struggle in space. Although he played more on the edge as a senior, it’s unlikely that he has the length or athleticism to do so in the NFL.

NFL Comparison

Kevin Burnett

Bottom Line

Reddick is yet another North Carolina defender with a somewhat turbulent career but possesses the size and athleticism NFL scouts covet in a prospect likely to be picked on the second day of the draft. The four-year starter presents some position versatility in the NFL. He could start in the middle in the NFL as a thumper for a 3-4 team, or, if he proves he has the athleticism, could possibly be a candidate at strongside linebacker for some teams. This position versatility, his production over four seasons starting, and excellent size make Reddick a likely late second to early third day candidate.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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