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Chad Reuter

Chad Reuter

 

Chad Reuter has covered the NFL draft since 2000. He was hired by NFLDraftScout.com as a senior analyst in 2007, and continued in that role when NFLDraftScout and CBSSports.com formed their partnership for the 2009 draft. He joined NFL Network and NFL.com in December 2011 as a senior researcher, assisting in the production of the East-West Shrine Game, Senior Bowl, Scouting Combine and NFL Draft.


October

Associated Press/US Presswire Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter (left) will have his hands full with Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner on Saturday. Looking over the weekly college football preview articles I've written this season, it might seem... more

It seems as though the AFC West was made for Monday Night Football. Battles between the Denver Broncos, San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders have entertained fans across the country for 40 years. Some of those matchups have been full of offense, while... more

Associated Press Stepfan Taylor (left) had 118 rushing yards in a Stanford's 28-14 win over Manti Te'o and Notre Dame in 2011. Yes, it's true. The college football season is at the midseason point. Seven weeks ago, we cheered the start of... more

Before the 2012 season began, the Houston Texans were a popular Super Bowl pick and the New York Jets were considered to be a team on the way down. Heading into their matchup Monday night, both squads have more or less stuck to their expected paths.... more

Alex Brandon/Associated Press West Virginia's Geno Smith is the Heisman Trophy frontrunner, with 20 TDs and no INTs through four games. The exciting yet efficient play of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith has, hands-down, been the biggest... more

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo are both known for their mercurial play. Cutler's strong arm and mobility can frustrate defenses -- almost as much as the polarizing quarterback can frustrate his own coaches,... more

September

Paul Beaty/Associated Press Boston College senior linebacker Nick Clancy racked up an astounding 24 tackles (14 solo) against Northwestern. It's not a surprise that a Boston College middle linebacker leads the nation in tackles. After all, Luke... more

One year ago at this time, Wisconsin sports fans were rooting for quarterback Russell Wilson, as he was leading the Badgers to a Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl berth. While most of those same fans hope he succeeds in his starting role with the Seattle... more

Phil Sears/Associated Press E.J. Manuel has thrown six touchdown passes (and just one interception) in leading Florida State to a 3-0 start. Believe it or not, this is already the fourth week of college football. But, in some ways, it's really... more

Associated Press Matt Barkley, Geno Smith and Tyler Wilson (from left to right) are three of the top senior quarterbacks in college. A youth movement is afoot in the National Football League: Ten of the league's 32 teams are starting first- or... more

In Super Bowl XXXIII, quarterback John Elway famously led the Denver Broncos to victory over the Atlanta Falcons with an MVP-caliber performance. Elway is now the executive vice president of football operations in Denver, and both teams once again have... more

April L. Brown/Associated Press After losing QB Tyler Wilson to a head injury in the first half last Saturday, Arkansas was upset by Louisiana-Monroe. The late Patrick Swayze had one of the worst, yet best, lines in the movie "Roadhouse" --... more

Thomas Campbell/US Presswire Jake Matthews, a junior tackle at Texas A&M, has NFL bloodlines. His father, Bruce, is a Hall of Fame lineman. Welcome to the Southeastern Conference, Missouri and Texas A&M. These former members of the Big 12 get... more

August

Associated Press Denard Robinson and Michigan get the first crack at defending champion Alabama, coached by Nick Saban. Finally. Football that counts. The National Football League regular season doesn't start until next week, but college... more

Derick E. Hingle / US Presswire LSU has been churning out quality defensive backs of late, and safety Eric Reid boasts an enticing skill set. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends |... more

Kirby Lee / US Presswire As the son of a 15-year NFL veteran, Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat brings a solid pedigree to the game. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen... more

Andrew Weber / US Presswire Michigan left tackle Taylor Lewan is part of a long-standing Big Ten tradition of having top talent in the trenches. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends |... more

Jason O. Watson / US Presswire Keenan Allen could be the best wide receiver prospect to come out of Cal since DeSeanJackson. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen »... more

Frankie Creel / US Presswire Marcus Lattimore must prove he can be a bell-cow back to elevate his status as a top NFL prospect. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen »... more

Dave Martin / Associated Press Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas is the sort of multi-threat QB who can make defensive coordinators cringe. Top underclassmen: » Offense: Quarterbacks | Running backs | Wide receivers/tight ends | Linemen... more

Rick Bowmer/Associated Press Seattle Seahawks quarterback RussellWilson has dazzled despite questions about his small stature. The top two picks in April's draft, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and Washington Redskins QB Robert... more

Paul Sancya/Associated Press CalvinJohnson headlines a potent passing offense, but the Detroit Lions face major concerns in pass defense. NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Chad Reuter details his visit... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Chad Reuter details his visit with the Chicago Bears. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports. ) WHERE IS NFL.COM? For the 11th straight summer, the... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps. Chad Reuter details his visit with the Green Bay Packers. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports .) WHERE IS NFL.COM? The Green Bay Packers list... more

NFL.com has dispatched several writers to report on the 32 training camps over the next few weeks. Chad Reuter details his visit with the Minnesota Vikings. (Click here for the complete archive of Training Camp Reports. ) WHERE IS NFL.COM? The... more

July

Jeff Hanisch/US Presswire With his versatility and raw talent, Gerald Hodges looks like he could be a top-100 pick in the 2013 NFL Draft.   The Penn State football program's fall from grace took another step downward Monday morning with the... more

Matt Cashore/US Presswire Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert has the strong hands and athletic build to rank as one of college football's top tight ends.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too.... more

Mark J. Rebilas/US Presswire Big-bodied target Keenan Allen averaged 103.3 receiving yards per game during his sophomore season at Cal.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Don Juan Moore/Associated Press Redshirt junior Taylor Lewan (6-foot-8, 302 pounds) is entering his third season as a starter for Michigan.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Rich Glickstein/Associated Press South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore looks to return to form after his 2011 campaign was cut short by a torn ACL.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too.... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Entering his fourth year as a starter, Matt Barkley is poised to become the latest product of USC's QB machine.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a resident... more

Cal Sport Media/Associated Press Featuring a combination of traits coveted in safeties, Eric Reid is a natural leader on LSU's vaunted defense. Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Ethan Hyman/Associated Press At 6-foot-3, North Carolina State's David Amerson is a very enticing prospect to deal with the NFL's big wideouts.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too.... more

Bill Haber/Associated Press LSU's Barkevious Mingo is one of the fastest pass rushers in college football, recording eight sacks in 2011.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Greg Bartram/US Presswire Hulking DT Johnathan Hankins boasts rare athleticism, allowing him to line up all over the field for Ohio State.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As a... more

Cal Sport Media/Associated Press Texas' Jackson Jeffcoat, the son of former NFL stalwart Jim Jeffcoat, was a disruptive force as a sophomore.   Football season is right around the corner! Not only in the NFL, but at the college level, too. As... more

May

Ben Liebenberg/NFL If the NFL had an NBA-style draft lottery, Andrew Luck might've been holding up a different jersey in April. The future of 14 NBA franchises rode on the random bounces of ping-pong balls Wednesday night in the league's annual... more

Phil Sears / US Presswire Chase Minnifield, son of Browns legend Frank Minnifield, will have a lot to prove during Redskins camp. The announcement of the final selection of the 2012 NFL Draft , given the title of "Mr. Irrelevant," at Radio City... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Arizona Cardinals: B Coming off an 8-8 season with a strong finish (7-2), the... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Atlanta Falcons: C The 2011 draft-day trade that brought receiver Julio Jones... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Chicago Bears: B- The Bears fell behind Detroit in the NFC North last year and... more

NFL.com analysts Chad Reuter and Bucky Brooks are handing out grades for every team following the 2012 NFL Draft . Click the team name to see each team's entire class. Dallas Cowboys: B The Cowboys came into the draft needing to infuse their... more

April

Gary A. Vasquez/NFL QB Matt Barkley considered turning pro after his junior year, but opted to return to USC for one final season. You might think the end of the NFL draft is a somber moment for those of us that cover the event throughout the... more

NEW YORK -- After each of the first two nights of the 2012 NFL Draft, I covered teams that impressed me with their patience or timely risk-taking, as well as those that I thought might have made their picks more prudently. But the third and final day of... more

NEW YORK -- When the NFL decided to break up the first three rounds of the draft into two days, teams thought the second round would basically become a "second first round." Turns out they were right. Reuter: Winners/losers from Round 1 Which teams... more

NEW YORK -- Three hours went by like three minutes on the first night of the 2012 NFL Draft . Trades cranked up an already-intense atmosphere at Radio City Music Hall. Seven different teams moved up, with the ordinarily patient New England Patriots... more

NEW YORK -- It happens every year. After months of studying players, talking with team officials and analyzing how the first round of the NFL draft might play out ... it all changes in the last couple of days before the event begins. Teams stop being... more

At this point in the pre-draft process, NFL teams must have a general idea how the entire draft will play out in order to determine how high they're willing to select players they think fit their system. Note the phrase "general idea" -- accurately... more

Why wait until this weekend to have all the fun? Chad Reuter mocks out the entire 2012 NFL Draft in an attempt to provide a blueprint for how Rounds 1-7 might turn out. What follows is a team-by-team breakdown of prospective draft hauls. Click here for... more

Finding impact defensive backs is not easy. Combining the 2011 (3) and '09 (2) drafts, there were a grand total of five cornerbacks and safeties taken in the first round. But with the aerial evolution of NFL offenses, defensive coordinators are pleading... more

At one time, the term "linebacker" conjured up images of middle-linebacker icons from the 1960s and '70s like Dick Butkus, Jack Lambert, Willie Lanier, and Ray Nitschke. Since fellow Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor's arrival on the scene during the New... more

Defensive ends and outside linebackers are often given the most credit for rattling opposing quarterbacks, but impact defensive tackles play a large part in pass defense, as well as bolster a team's run D. Scouts often talk about a passer's ability --... more

Pass rush is often what comes to mind when thinking about the impact of defensive ends in the NFL. In fact, scouts will refer to outside linemen in four-man fronts as "rush ends" because attacking opposing passers is their primary focus. But the... more

It is not always easy to see when an offensive lineman makes a true contribution to his team's success. So-called "skill-position players" score touchdowns, while defensive stars can create turnovers or make bone-crushing, attention-grabbing hits. But... more

Quarterbacks often get the credit for leading prolific passing attacks, but without exceptional receiving threats, their throws would fall to the ground -- or end up in the hands of eager defenders. Impact wide receivers are often selected early in the... more

The discussions around running backs and the NFL draft typically revolve around the devaluation of the position. But the free-agent contracts signed by Houston Texans star Arian Foster (five years, $43.5 million) and Seattle Seahawks favorite Marshawn... more

The importance of the quarterback position in the NFL is no passing fancy. It's no coincidence that the No. 1 overall pick has been a quarterback in nine of the past 11 NFL drafts. Not surprisingly, NFL teams threw for more passing yards in 2011 than in... more

Associated Press Doug Martin, Lamar Miller and David Wilson (from left to right) are vying to be the second RB taken in the draft. Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson shared a BCS title celebration at Alabama back in 2009. The two running backs might... more

Each NFL draft class is different in terms of its makeup. Defense dominates some years, like in 2008 when seven of the top 10 picks (including St. Louis Rams DE Chris Long and New England Patriots ILB Jerod Mayo) played on that side of the line of... more

In a world of do-it-yourself mock drafts and year-round coverage of the NFL draft, the determination of where college football players will start their professional careers becomes trivialized. Reuter: Let's make a deal Chad Reuter explores potential... more

US Presswire Justin Blackmon, Ryan Tannehill and Michael Floyd (from left to right) could all generate draft-day activity. Deal ... or no deal? That is the question teams are pondering now that they have evaluated prospects in anticipation of the... more

Tony Ding/AP Wisconsin's Louis Nzegwu shows the explosive potential to be an effective 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL. Earlier this week, I mentioned several high-profile players who boosted their draft stock with strong pro-day workouts. Those... more

Mark D. Smith/US Presswire After a so-so combine, Justin Blackmon solidified his top-10 status with a stellar showing at his pro day. NFL scouts and general managers travel to campuses all over the country during the fall to evaluate how prospects... more

US Presswire Morris Claiborne (left) and Dre Kirkpatrick lead a strong group of cornerbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft class. The top storylines of nearly every draft revolve around top-10 talents at quarterback, running back, offensive tackle and... more

March

With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft . What are the biggest remaining holes for each NFC South team? Let's examine ... Atlanta Falcons Needs: MLB, TE, OT, CB, WR... more

David J. Philip/Associated Press As the highest-rated wide receiver in the 2012 draft, Justin Blackmon is likely to go very early in the first round. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the... more

With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft . What are the biggest remaining holes for each NFC North team? Let's examine ... Chicago Bears Needs: OT, CB, OG, DE Harrison: Bane... more

Kevin Liles/US Presswire Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill could be an option for the Giants, whose WR corps took a hit during free agency. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL... more

With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft. What are the biggest remaining holes for each AFC South team? Let's examine ... Houston Texans Needs: RT, WR, ILB, NT, CB Reuter:... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL The Chiefs could be interested in David DeCastro, the draft's top-rated interior O-lineman, with the 11th pick. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL Draft.... more

Marvin Gentry/US Presswire With Peyton Hillis gone, Cleveland could select the 2012 NFL Draft's top running back, Alabama's Trent Richardson. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012... more

Brett Davis/US Presswire With the top free-agent quarterbacks off the market, Miami could target Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill in the draft. With the initial free-agency frenzy winding down, organizations are turning their attention to the 2012 NFL... more

Thomas Campbell/US Presswire Ryan Tannehill, who will participate in Texas A&M's pro day Thursday, is rated as the third-best QB in the draft. The NFL free-agency period gave us a high-stakes game of quarterback musical chairs. Peyton Manning's... more

In a column earlier this week, I explained how free agency and the draft are inexorably intertwined . With the marketplace continuing to evolve, let's take another look at how the late-week signings will impact the first round in April: Reuter: Chain... more

John A. Bowersmith/AP Justin Blackmon could be a target in the draft for teams that missed out on wide receivers in free agency. The NFL draft has become the most important offseason event in American sports, but for a few days in March it takes a... more

The Washington Redskins made a difficult decision last week, trading three first-round picks and a second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams for the second overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft . But owner Daniel Snyder and executive vice president/head... more

How much is too much? It's an oft-used expression that borders on cliché, but nonetheless proves true in many facets of life: You get what you pay for. The Washington Redskins certainly hope this saying is true after making a reported hand-shake... more

It only takes a quick look at recent NFL passing statistics to understand why scouts trip over themselves to find quality defensive backs. Four teams averaged more than 300 passing yards a game in 2011, more than the total of teams hitting that mark... more

Jayne Kamin/US Presswire Mychal Kendricks is undersized, but the athleticism he displayed at the combine certainly boosted his draft stock. It's not unheard of for a college football player to contribute on the school's track team, especially early... more

Peyton Manning's release from the Indianapolis Colts is the talk of the NFL right now, and it will continue to be until the veteran quarterback signs with a new team. If that happens before April 26, as some experts believe will be the case, Manning's... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL Bruce Irvin might be considered a project, but he displayed blazing speed with a 4.50 40-yard dash at the combine. Quarterbacks get the headlines coming into every year's NFL Scouting Combine , while wide receivers and... more

Ben Liebenberg/NFL After missing the Senior Bowl with viral meningitis, Brandon Mosley (left) made quite an impression in Indy. Terms of endearment for offensive linemen never sound very complimentary. Fat guys ... Big uglies ... Maulers ...... more

Even though NFL scouts and coaches will tell you that the 40-yard dash is overhyped as a player evaluation tool, wide receiver is one position in which pure straight-line speed can be crucial. Big plays in the passing game are becoming more common -- 12... more

There is no doubt that NFL teams are finding it more and more difficult to justify using a first-round selection on a running back -- even if an RB's physical attributes and running vision make him one of the 32 most talented players in a draft class.... more

NFL quarterbacks are the most scrutinized athletes in professional sports. Inherently, signal callers annually garner much of the attention at the NFL Scouting Combine . Unfortunately, QB field work at this yearly event is not overly helpful to the... more

February

INDIANAPOLIS -- Just when the inhabitants of Indy felt the last of the aftershocks from hosting Super Bowl XLVI, the NFL returns to town for the NFL Scouting Combine . Hundreds of NFL personnel ascend on Indianapolis to poke, prod and pry into the lives... more

John Raoux/AP Alshon Jeffery's 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine will be a pivotal factor in his eventual draft slot. Every player in Indianapolis is looking to make an impression, but a few truly must take care of business to either... more

Greg M. Cooper/AP Yale quarterback Patrick Witt will have an opportunity to stand out during the combine in Indianapolis. The vast majority of prospects at this week's NFL Scouting Combine come from major programs that the average football fan can... more

Matthew Emmons/US Presswire Ryan Tannehill could be the third QB off the board in April, but a broken foot is limiting his pre-draft work. Before players at the NFL Scouting Combine talk to teams or step foot in Lucas Oil Stadium, they are... more

January

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Yes, we're talking about practice. At this week's East-West Shrine Game, like all other all-star contests, the early-week practices are what NFL general managers, coaches and scouts fly in to watch. Examining players up close... more

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