Photo of Jarran Reed
Drafted By: Seahawks
  • Round 2
  • Pick 18
  • Overall 49

Combine Results

Grade
6.19 ?
  • 5.21 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 31.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 104.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.77 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.75 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"Talk about value, this was my 13th-rated player in the draft. He is always working forward with that powerful base and dominates against the run." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 6'3" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 307LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/2" Hands

Overview

The East Mississippi Community College transfer didn’t light up the stat sheet in 2014 (6.5 tackles for loss, one sack in 2014) but looked to be an ascending talent. Though his numbers weren’t much different this year (56 tackles, 4.5 for loss, one sacks), SEC media named him second-team All-SEC because of his utterly disruptive play whether playing between the guards or heads-up on a tackle in the Tide’s feared front line. Reed was arrested for DUI in the summer of 2014, but should overcome any character concerns to become a starter at the next level.

Analysis

Strengths

Able to pack plenty of strength into his well-­built frame. Plays with bend, leverage and plus core power. Two-­gap machine who can eat blocks and come back for more. Rarely beaten at point of attack by single blocks. As an edge setter, grows roots and prevents running lanes from developing in gaps. Has catcher’s mitts for hands. Arms are a little short for the position but his hand quickness into blocker’s frame and instant arm extension make his arm length irrelevant. Engages, controls and slides down the line looking to finish the run before it gets started. Great vision and instincts to find ball quickly. Reads running back’s lane choice and discards blocker with excellent timing. Run down specialist posting tremendous two-­year production with 108 tackles despite playing in only 55 percent of the total snaps. Charted with no broken tackles or missed tackles for the entire season. Overcome adversity along road to success at Alabama.

Weaknesses

Ineffective pass rusher. Was subbed out for on obvious passing downs. Straight-­line pass rusher unable to turn a corner and generate heat inside the pocket. Had just two sacks and sixteen quarterback pressures during his two years with Alabama. Bull­rush is missing. Average foot quickness and lacking upfield explosion out of stance to play in a one­-gap scheme. His hand work is very average as a pass rusher.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1 or 2

NFL Comparison

Eddie Goldman

Bottom Line

Reed is an elite run defender with the lower body strength to command his gap, but the instincts and timing to be productive as a tackler rather than just a space ­eater. Reed’s lack of pass rushing ability creates a potential glass­ ceiling on his draft stock; however, teams looking for a battle-­tested run ­stuffer will find an instant upgrade who should be able to come in and start immediately if needed.
-Lance Zierlein
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster

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