NFL Draft Scouting Report: Jarran Reed, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Former Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed is profiled and evaluated for the 2016 NFL Draft.

Jarran Reed - Alabama

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 311 lbs.

Year: Senior

Hometown: Goldsboro, North Carolina

Experience: 2 seasons (2 Year starter at Alabama)



40yd Dash: 5.21s

Broad Jump: 104 inches

Vertical: 31 inches

3-cone: 7.77s

20yd Shuttle: 4.75s

Bench Press: DNP


Career Notes

Coming from East Mississippi Community college to 'Bama in 2014, Jarran Reed did not put up overwhelming numbers either of his two years with the Tide. He did, however, make his presence known as a senior in 2015, earning Second Team All-SEC Defensive Honors


Injury Report

Reed was never Injured during his two years in Tuscaloosa.


Career Stats

Games Played: 28

Total Tackles: 111

Assisted Tackles: 72

Solo Tackles: 39

Tackles for Loss: 11

Sacks: 2

Forced Fumbles: 0

Passes Tipped: 7



Against the Run: 4.5/5.0

Reed anchors in and most times gives a good push to gain depth into the backfield. He regularly swallows up double teams, making his gap a non-option for runners. When blocked one-on-one, he quickly neutralized linemen, keeping enough leverage to extend an arm and get his paws on runners.

Pass Rush: 2.0/5.0

Reed never reacted to the snap quickly enough to get leverage in the passing game. His leverage is preventative more than it is about creating disruption in the pass game. Without a go-to move or lights-out speed, he is just another body in the passing game.

Agility: 2.0/5.0

He can change direction when he has time to react, but more often than not his first burst off the line is his last. He can turn and run occasionally if a runner is hesitant at the second level, but don't count on Reed to make a play if the runner gets past the first level.

Impact Play Ability: 3.5/5.0

What Reed lacks in speed, he makes up for in power. If a runner comes to his gap, it's over once Reed gets his paws on him. He is not going to generate sacks though.


Overall Grade 3.0/5.0

Consistently average off the snap, Reed gets the job done in the run game. Next to another competent defensive tackle (Mike Daniels), he would be a solid run stopper. However, lacking the moves and the quickness to get after the QB, you will never see Reed in on a third and long.

If Drafted by the Packers

Putting Reed next to Mike Daniels in some of Dom Capers' sub formations would give the Pack a one-two punch in the run game, as well as an anchor in the pocket. While he never pressured the QB in college, his integrity to maintaining the pocket was evident almost every down. Against mobile passers in the NFC like Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, sometimes the best thing you can do is hold down the interior of the pocket and let the edge rushers do their job. The Packers ranked in the top half of the league in run defense last year. Adding Reed could help turn them into a perennial run-stuffing defense, which would be key in a division with Adrian Petersen on a burgeoning Vikings team. Reed will never win with quickness. His angles and his power will win him all of his battles in Week 1.

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4thand1's picture

March 16, 2016 at 05:23 pm

Not sure

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EdsLaces's picture

March 16, 2016 at 05:38 pm

Billings over Reed all day long.

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RCPackerFan's picture

March 16, 2016 at 09:37 pm

Reed is one of those players that may not always get the stats but is a guy that you will love to have on your team.

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dobber's picture

March 17, 2016 at 07:19 pm

I agree...and I think someone will be really happy to get him at the top of round 2. With the depth available, I'm not sure he's the guy I want the Packers getting at 27. Move down 6-8 picks and I'd be happy.

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DrealynWilliams's picture

March 18, 2016 at 06:43 pm

This might be the season/draft to be aggressive. I'm not saying jump up to get this guy, but TT shouldn't feel the need to sit back and hope his guy of that round falls to him. Go and get him.

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