Haason Reddick - Temple
Weight: 237 lbs.
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Camden, NJ
Experience: Two-year starter
40yd dash: 4.52s
Broad jump: 133 in.
Vertical: 36.5 in.
20yd. Shuttle: 4.37s
Bench Press: 24 reps
Reddick came out of high school as an athlete with a toolbox full of skills and potential. He switched around from running back to safety in high school and played a little strong-side linebacker during his redshirt freshman season at Temple. He was moved to defensive end midway through the season and spent the rest of his career at Temple as an end.
Though Reddick measures as an impressive pass-rushing prospect, he didn’t start putting up numbers until 2016. His sophomore year, he recorded 2 sacks in nine games (including two starts). He earned his starting job as an end as a junior, but in that season he only notched 5 sacks in 13 games. His senior season proved more productive with 9.5 sacks in 14 games, not to mention an interception.
His number as an Owl changed from 58 to 7 during his senior year, an award from his teammates. Temple takes team votes every season and the toughest players on the team are awarded single digit numbers. When you see him take on double teams or bull rush players 80 lbs. heavier than him, it’s hard to deny that toughness.
A healthy player in college, Reddick carries the baggage of losing each of his final two high school seasons to injury. As a freshman, he had to walk on to Temple to pursue his football career.
Against the Run 2.75/5.0: Reddick’s strength is impressive at times, but he is leveraged out of run plays too often. He doesn’t get blown up or pancaked, but he doesn’t have the power to consistently disrupt in the run game. Against Memphis in 2016, the Tigers ran right at him for touchdowns three times. The blown up run plays were not, of course, all his fault, but he did little-to-nothing to disrupt runners or force them to change direction. He took on a few double teams effectively, and could likely handle the occasional double team at the pro level. He can stand offensive lineman up, but not necessarily knock them off of their position in the run.
Pass Rush 3.8/5.0: Reddick’s speed rush forced a lot of passes and made life tough for a lot of tackles. His 4.52 at the 40-yard dash is tangible measure for something his tape makes clear: dude is really fast. In addition to speed, he bends well and never loses sight of the quarterback. At times, he seemed to have been asked to contain instead of rush, and he maintained the integrity of the pocket to force coverage sacks or incompletions. He will get a lot of play for his athleticism, but he is a really bright player who could be dangerous if he consistently learns to spin.
Agility 4.0/5.0: Reddick’s quickness was a bit underwhelming at the combine, if for no other reason than he looked abnormally fast at times (likely because he played in the American Athletic Conference). His 3-cone time still speaks to a player who can bend well and disrupt passes. The few times screens were thrown his way, his quick reaction was on full display as he disrupted the offense from moving the ball.
Impact Play Ability 3.5/5.0: Reddick’s senior year was indicative of a player capable of disrupting offenses, especially on occasions when he was in a two-point stance outside of a tackle’s outside shoulder. There is little an offensive lineman is able to do against his speed outside when he spins or cuts back inside on a rush. He may let one out of every ten tackles go, if that. Once he gets his hands on someone, they’re usually going to come down.
Summary: Reddick is really fast and has respectable enough strength to be a 3-down rusher on the weak side for Green Bay. He won’t be bullied by very many tackles, and he occasionally will flash a spin move that will shock left tackles as much as it will quarterbacks. He is a capable coverage man, using fluid hips to help him navigate zones on the creative plays in which he has to play off the line. His closing speed once he is locked in on a target is tough to beat. A second day pick, for sure.
Overall Grade 3.51/5.0
If Drafted by the Packers:
Though Nick Perry re-signed, it’s unclear how much Clay Matthews has left in the tank and it may be time to start looking elsewhere for sack production opposite Perry. With the departures of multiple top corners in the last few years (now including Micah Hyde), Green Bay needs corners fast and it may be enticing to draft from this year’s crop of talent. However, one of the more sure ways to improve a pass defense is to put pressure on the quarterback, something Green Bay can do fairly well between Perry and Mike Daniels. A speed rusher might be the complement the Packers need alongside two bull-rushers to make opposing quarterbacks a little more queasy about holding onto the ball for more than a few seconds against the young secondary.
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