The JUCO transfer emerged as the backbone of ‘Bama’s defensive front over his two years in Tuscaloosa. He was part of the three-headed monster of a defensive line that also featured first round prospects, A’Shawn Robinson and Jonathan Allen. Despite only two years at a major program, he made a name for himself and solidified himself as a legitimate NFL draft prospect. He’s not the “sexy” pass rushing defensive linemen, but he gets the job done in run defense.

Name: Jarran Reed
College: Alabama
Size: 6’4”/313
Class: Senior
Projection: Early 2nd Round
Comparison: Muhammad Wilkerson

Strengths

  • Run defense
  • Upper body strength
  • Power
  • Arm extension
  • Versatility
  • SEC experience

Weaknesses

  • Slow first step
  • Pass rush
  • Athleticism
  • Technique
  • Dealing with double teams
  • Plays at a slow speed
  • Inconsistencies

I know my counterpart Keet will disagree with me regarding Jarran Reed, I’m not as high on him. Regardless, I think we can agree on Reed’s role in the NFL, which will see him develop into a solid, rotational run stopper on a team’s defensive line.

Reed has a thick build which suits him as a 3-4 defensive end or a 4-3 defensive tackle. I could see him as a good fit in either scheme. As I said, he’s an excellent run blocker who does a good job at clogging running lanes. He has tremendous upper body strength and can overpower opposing offensive linemen. He has forced a lot of double teams this past season, but has had trouble dealing with them. When he’s been engaged by two blockers, he’s pretty much out of the play. However, when an offense has to account two linemen to one, I think that’s a win. Reed has long arms that allow him to create separation from linemen, but he needs more polishing in his technique to be able to finish the disengagement.

You won’t see Reed provide any pass rush, though he is still a young, developing player so he still has a high ceiling in that aspect. His technique should improve with a good defensive line coach, the potential is definitely there. You won’t see him jump off the line of scrimmage, he has a really slow first step which obviously doesn’t bode well in pass rushing situations – making him strictly a two-down player. He doesn’t offer ideal athleticism.

I love the versatility Reed offers. He’s an intriguing prospect for sure. A guy who was playing at a junior college goes on to Alabama and becomes a star, He doesn’t have too much experience, but he has SEC experience which is always in the eyes of an NFL head coach. Reed very well could end up in the first round, but I see him dropping into the early 2nd after a combine that won’t jump out at anyone. I compared him to Muhammad Wilkerson based on their size, versatility and playing style – but don’t think he ends up on Wilkerson’s level.

About The Author Jonathan Valencia

Jonathan has been investing his time in sports writing for the past decade. Breaking Football's lead writer covers anything from the NFL Draft to providing fantasy football insight. Born and raised in the Jersey Shore. Follow him on Twitter @JonValencia_WiB to talk anything football.