NFL Combine: Haason Reddick's rise continues with fast 40

INDIANAPOLIS -- Haason Reddick's rise in the months leading up to the 2017 NFL Draft is continuing at the NFL Scouting Combine.

The Temple linebacker clocked an official time of 4.52 seconds in the 40-yard dash in his first attempt on Sunday, a sterling time for a versatile linebacker who could perform in a variety of roles and schemes. As a draft projection, NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter believes Reddick is climbing toward the middle of the first round, and compared his combine numbers to Lawrence Timmons'. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker checked into the 2007 combine at 6-foot-0 7/8, 234 pounds, and ran a 4.7 40-yard dash. Reddick measured 6-1 1/2 and 237 pounds, with a far better 40 clocking.

NFL.com analysts Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah each have Reddick going to the Steelers at No. 30 in their latest mock drafts. Analyst Lance Zierlein has him going to the Dolphins (No. 21) in his latest mock. As for how high he could go, Reuter mentioned the Cardinals (No. 13) and Colts (No. 15) on Sunday as two teams that could be interested in adding Reddick in the first half of Round 1.

Working out with the defensive linemen, Reddick repped 225 pounds 24 times on the bench press Saturday.

Reddick's ascent began at the Reese's Senior Bowl in January, when he put on a show during the week of practices leading up to the all-star game.

He had a spectacular season for the Owls in 2016, piling up 10.5 sacks among 22.5 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. That was good for first-team All-AAC honors for the senior.

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