Jarran Reed, 6-3, 307-pound defensive lineman, has been a poster child for Alabama Coach Nick Saban urging players with eligibility remaining to stay in college that extra year if it can mean making a move up the draft board. Reed had been projected as a third or fourth round draft choice in 2015, but elected to return.
Seattle drafted Reed in the second round, the 49th overall selection in the NFL draft
His return was good for Alabama football, too, as he was the backbone of Bama’s run-stuffing defense.
Reed was fourth on the Crimson Tide in tackles with 57, including being in on five for lost yardage and turning in one sack. He also broke up a pass and had eight quarterback pressures and he caused and recovered a fumble.
OUR PRE-DRAFT PREDICTION:
First Round, No. 22 to Houston
CollegeFootballNews.com ranked him the number 5 defensive lineman available in the draft and had this to say:
“As long as you know what you’re getting, you’ll like him. Don’t expect him to be a 3-technique pass rusher who scares quarterbacks, and don’t expect gaudy stats or anything flashy. He’s a great run defender who’ll be disruptive in his own way, getting to everything inside and not backing down a bit against the power running teams. He’s a block of granite who doesn’t get moved off his base, serving as a sort of anchor without working on the nose. He’s the type of lineman fans won’t notice, but coaches and teammates will love – he’ll do the dirty work.”