Seahawks traded Round 2 Pick 56 and Rnd 4 Pick 124 to Chicago Bears for Rnd 2 Pick 49
Jarran Reed – DT – Alabama
Rnd 2 Pick 49
Arm Length 33 3/8″
Hand Size 10 1/2″
There were a lot of players to like from the 2016 Draft Class, but Jarran Reed is the player that I love. He was a consensus 1st Round pick, and many mock drafts had him going in the Top 20 or even Top 15. To pick him up in the mid to late 2nd Round is an incredible value. More than that, he is an excellent player and he wants to be here. The reason he fell in the draft was because the premium was placed on pass rushers when it came to the line, so elite level run defenders like Jarran Reed fell much further than they would have in other drafts. He will step in and if he isn’t a starter he will at least be a key piece of the Defensive Line rotation from Day 1 in Seattle.
Let’s start with physical talents and ability. He has great balance, very active feet, and tremendous core strength. As I already said, Reed is an elite run stopper. He sets a firm edge and holds the line of scrimmage, almost never able to be pushed back in any game tape I watched. He explodes off the line and uses his hands very well to get in on Offensive Linemen. He has probably the best hand use of any player I saw in the Draft at Defensive Tackle, getting them inside and using them to control the blocker. He demands a double team in the run, where he fully occupies the blocker and is still able to push them into lanes or shed and get an arm or better on the runner. The ultimate dirty work player, he’s the guy who allows pass rushers and blitzers to get free or Linebackers to crash in and make the tackle as he holds up the offense and plugs the whole. He is a very smart player with great vision who always knows where the ball is and plays very well within his role in a scheme. He also gets his big body up and bats down passes, timing the throw very well to get a hand in the passing lane. The big knock is that he is a 2 down DT, not offering a lot as a pass rusher. He does have a tendency to get tied up in the blocker too long and does lack much in the way of pass rush moves. However, he has an understanding of what he needs to do, and is you tune in to the 3:32 mark of this clip against Tennessee, you can see that the pass rush cupboard isn’t exactly empty.
The raw ability is all good, and the productivity matches it. Reed was a JUCO transfer who played his Junior and Senior seasons at Alabama. As a Junior in 2014 he had 52 Tackles, including 6.5 Tackles for Loss and a very impressive 5 Passes Broken Up. As a Senior he was named 2nd Team All-SEC at DT after making 56 Tackles with 4.5 Tackles for Loss, 1 Sack, 8 QB Hurries, 2 Passes Broken Up, and 1 Forced Fumble. As you can see from those two seasons, he may not gather a ton of numbers, but he is disruptive in many different ways. Perhaps the most impressive stat of all is that in 2015 he had ZERO tackles broken and ZERO missed tackles. When Reed got his hands on a player, the play was over. As a run stopping force in the middle of a defense, that is about the best thing you can see.
Some of the pre-draft folks made a comparison to Michael Brockers on the Rams, and I can see that with both being very disruptive interior players. If Reed develops more as a pass rusher I think they will be similar there, but I actually think Reed is an even better run stopper right now. If paired with Ahtyba Rubin on run downs, I don’t think there will be enough physical space to run inside. Both men are simply mammoth. He can step in and play a Mebane type role right away, helping give this defense the deepest line it has had since we won the Super Bowl in 2013. I’m as bullish on Reed as an impact player as I was on Tyler Lockett last year, and I think that though his less statistically visible play style will keep him out of awards talk he will be just as big of a rookie cog in the Seattle Playoff Machine.