Carolina Panthers' NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Jarran Reed

The defensive tackle doesn't appear to be a pressing need for the Carolina Panthers, however they have met with a number of prospects in this draft class, including Jarran Reed. We take a closer look at the former Alabama defensive tackle.

College Stats/Awards

Season Game Tackles Tackles for a Loss Sacks
2014 13 54 6.5 1.0
2015 15 57 4.5 1.0

*Stats courtesy of Sports-Reference

Combine/Pro Day Results

Event NFL Combine
40-yard Dash 5.21 seconds
Bench Press N/A
Vertical Jump 31.0 inches
Broad Jump 104.0 inches
3-Cone Drill 7.77 seconds
20-yard Shuttle 4.75 seconds
60-yard Shuttle N/A

*Results courtesy of NFL.com

Strengths

  • Strong at Point of Attack

The one thing that stands out about Jarran Reed is that he is as close as they come to being an immovable object on the football field. He is incredibly strong in the middle of the field and it typically takes two offensive linemen to move him on the line.

This type of strength makes Reed an excellent run defender and he is able to close up running lanes fairly quickly and limits running backs options when running in the middle of the field. 

Weaknesses

Struggles Rushing the Quarterback

Reed only has two sacks over his two years of playing time in Alabama's defense. He doesn't have the quickness necessary to get up field and put pressure on the opposing quarterback. 

One of the reasons Reed struggles in this is he is not able to easily disengage with offensive linemen. He doesn't have the quickness to spin off blockers or uses his hands effectively to create separation and is something he will need to work on at the next level.

How he fits with the Carolina Panthers?

While watching film of Reed, he has a skill set that is closer to Star Lotulelei, who is an excellent run defender, rather than Kawann Short, who excels as a pass rusher thanks to his quickness. 

If the Panthers were to add Reed, he would most likely be the primary back up for Lotulelei initially and could potentially be a replacement for him if the team is not able to extend his contract. The Panthers picked up his fifth-year option, which keeps him under contract through the 2017 season. 

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