Finding Broncos: Scouting Defensive Lineman Jarran Reed

Next up for MHH Analyst Erick Trickel is Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed.

Combine Results

40-YARD DASH: 5.21 seconds

VERTICAL JUMP: 31.0 inches

BROAD JUMP: 104.0 inches

3-CONE DRILL: 7.77 seconds

20-YARD SHUTTLE: 4.75 seconds


  • Excellent run stopper and two-gapping defensive tackle
  • Strong and powerful, able to hold blocks
  • Rarely beaten by single blockers
  • Clogs the running lanes
  • Amazing production for limited playing time
  • Doesn’t have his tackles broken
  • Quick and heavy hands
  • Excellent instincts and awareness on the line


  • Limited player
  • Two down run stopper with no pass rush ability
  • Has no pass rush moves to work with
  • Short arms
  • Saying his pass rush technique was raw would be giving it more credit than it deserves
  • Exhausts quickly
  • Lacks scheme versatility

Overall Thoughts

To put things simply, Reed isn’t a fit for the Denver Broncos. He doesn’t bring any kind of rush ability, which Broncos defensive coordinator Wade Phillips wants from his guys up front. Reed also doesn’t fit in a 3-4 scheme.

He doesn’t have the agility or quickness to play end, nor does he have the size to man the nose tackle position. Where he does fit is in a 4-3 front, where he can play the 1-tech and be a two-down run stopper. His ability to stop the run will see him overdrafted than where his overall ability would suggest.

Broncos Round Projection: Undrafted

Where He Goes: Top 20

Per sources: Some teams in the high teens love his run defense, but are worried about the lack of anything else to his game.

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Erick Trickel in an Analyst for MileHighHuddle. You can find him on Twitter @Alaskan_Bronco. And be sure to like MileHighHuddle on Facebook

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