Early on during Senior Bowl week, Temple defender Haason Reddick was a guy who stood out. Entering the week, question marks surrounded him as he’s gained the infamous “tweener” label. While some may look at that as a negative, the other half will consider that a positive note during the evaluation process as that means the player offers versatility.
Reddick joined the Temple football team as a walk-on and originally played cornerback until transitioning up to the front 7 as a guy who played up on the line of scrimmage. He blew up as a senior which translated into an invite to the Senior Bowl. Reddick racked up 22.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and an interception this past season.
The way Reddick plays the game is admirable and will sure draw interest from scouts. He doesn’t check all the boxes from a physical tools standpoint, but he sure does when you watch him play the game. With a strong showing in the actual Senior Bowl game, Reddick can solidify his status as a Day 2 pick.
Is Temple EDGE Haason Reddick a pass rusher, weakside 43 LB or nickel corner? Hes covering wheels, dropping into zones, bending, all of it
— Michael Kist (@MichaelJKist) January 17, 2017
Name: Haason Reddick
Class: Senior (RS)
Draft Grade: Late 2nd Round
One of the most impressive plays I’ve seen from Haason Reddick. Love the lateral pursuit to track down the ball carrier w/ a strong finish. pic.twitter.com/kjQLYhlyqm — Jonathan Valencia (@JonValencia_WiB) January 26, 2017
Positives: Polished technique and uses his hands very well with good positioning – arm over move is his bread and butter. Slippery in pass rush and shows good ability at splitting through blockers. Best at rushing the passer when he builds momentum from a stand-up stance. Creates space well. Understands how to distribute momentum and weight effectively. When being driven back he will shift his weight and pull the blocker behind him. Will make his living at the next level with his effort and motor. Shows great lateral pursuit to chase down ball carriers. Gobbles up yardage in backside pursuit. Good change of direction to the inside and generates power off his plant foot. Uses spin move timely and effectively to disengage and push towards the ball carrier. Resets feet and adjusts well to downhill runners in space. Physical tackler with good form and technique. Finishes plays hard. Viable speed off the edge. Will try to eliminate a passing lane for the QB when he gets in his face by matching the QB’s silhouette by jumping. Showed flashes in coverage despite minimal opportunity – showcased ability on Day 2 of Senior Bowl practice. Voted as one of the toughest players on the team and was awarded a single-digit jersey for his senior season (#7). Productive senior season (22.5 TFL, 10.5 sacks, 1 INT).
Negatives: Not the most physically gifted player. Average speed and strength. Doesn’t possess natural explosion off the edge that you like to see from a pass rusher. Lacks ideal length (32 1/8” arms). Needs to be more consistent against the inside run – often sealed off by the exterior blocker. Tends to place hands too high and set a wide base on occasion. Lack of experience in coverage, but shows potential. Considered a tweener with an unclear position at the next level which will shy some teams away.
Outlook: Reddick is a prospect who has gained a lot of buzz after early practices at the Senior Bowl. He comes from Temple who has built the reputation of producing tough football players, and Reddick fits that stereotype to perfection. Reddick is a strong, tough football player who plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played. He has a lot of desirable traits such as pursuit, effort, athleticism, ability to finish plays and a polished pass rushing capacity. He plays faster and stronger than what his numbers will suggest. However, his average athletic numbers, size and lack of a clear-cut role at the next level will force Reddick to go in the 2nd-3rd round range, which remains good value for him. With that being said, there’s a team out there who will know how to use him. I think he’s best suited as a stand-up weakside linebacker in either a 3-4/4-3 scheme. Coverage ability may be a concern, but he’s shown flashes. Reddick doesn’t have a high ceiling, but you know what you’re getting from him, and that’s a solid football player who gives good effort. He has all the makings to be a reliable starter/role player in the NFL.