The Carolina Panthers brought back Kyle Love and signed Paul Soliai however that may not stop them from selecting a defensive tackle in the upcoming NFL Draft. On Monday, the team took a closer look at one of those prospects as they had a pre-draft visit with Jarran Reed according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The stats alone for Reed won't excite fans and in two seasons had only 111 tackles and two sacks. However, what he does best usually doesn't show in just stats.
In his two seasons in Alabama, he became an excellent run defender, tying up one or two offensive linemen at a time, holding his ground and eliminating running lanes. This allowed his teammates to run free, get to the ball carrier and make the stop.
While he isn't exactly like Star Lotulelei, he would be able to play the role that Lotulelei does in this defense as the run-stuffer. This is much different than what Kawann Short is able to bring with his quickness and put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks. At 6'4" and 313 pounds, Reed is one of the biggest defensive tackles in this draft class and could realistically start as a rookie.
Scout has Reed ranked as the third best defensive tackle in this class and he shouldn't have to wait until Saturday to hear his name called. The Panthers most likely wouldn't use a first round pick on Reed but they could be hoping that he falls to them at the end of the second round.