PAC-10 Product Could Be A Steal On Day Two

The New England Patriots could be one of the teams looking to add a sleeper pick in the second day. One player on the list is a Two-time Academic All American who is looking for a chance to prove he has what it takes to succeed.

Nick Reed is one of many talented players on an Oregon team that believes it's amongst the top teams in the Pac-10 conference. The 6-foot-2, 250-pound linebacker is

Reed was part of a defense that thrashed Oregon State 65-38 in the season finale.

"That's still the most fun I've had in a college football game," Reed told in a recent interview. "I'm not a mathematician, but I think the defense had something like 14 points and a couple turnovers, so we had our fair share of fun that day too."

The Ducks went on to defeat Oklahoma State 42-31 in the Holiday Bowl. The victory capped a successful career for Reed who considered a few other games from earlier in his career to be among his best. Arizona State and Washington State."

That was a goal I had coming into Oregon, not to just be a football player but to do a little bit more," Reed said of his nominations as first team Academic All American and Draddy Award finalist. "It was a big honor to be on that list, especially with guys from Princeton and Harvard on there."

During his career at Oregon, Reed managed 148 tackles (85 solo), 51.5 for a loss. He deflected two passes had 6 fumble recovers and managed an impressive 27 sacks.

Reed has received interest from teams like the Seahawks, Bengals, Raiders, Panthers. He spoke with a Ravens coach and believed the Patriots and the Steelers were looking for more information on him at the time of the interview.

You can listen to the interview where the versatile Reed talks about playing inside, outside or defensive end for any of the teams he's been talking to. All he's looking for is an opportunity to prove himself. Considering Tedy Bruschi was considered to be an undersized linebacker who was productive at the college level. Though Bruschi was considered a higher level prospect, Reed could learn to develop into a playmaker at the next level. He may need to prove himself on special teams.


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