Brooks Reed scouting report

Brooks Reed OLB Arizona
Ht: 6’3″

Wt: 263

High-energy player. Excellent speed rusher off the edge. Does a great job staying low when trying to get into the backfield, creating a difficult matchup for taller offensive tackles. Hard-hitter and a reliable tackler. A team leader. Three-year starter.
Doesn’t have a many pass rush moves; relies almost exclusively on his speed to beat tackles on the outside. Athleticism is marginal. Limited experience in coverage, and may not have the athleticism to excel in that area at the next level. Lacks discipline; plays full speed ahead at all times which allows teams to attack his side of the field with draws and screens.
Reed played defensive end at Arizona but looks like a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker. He doesn’t have the athleticism to be a well rounded player, but he could make an immediate impact as a pass rusher. As defenses become more and more specialized, teams are more willing to draft players with one great skill, even if they aren’t the compete package. As a result, Reed could sneak into the 1st round. In the right system, he could be a 10+ sack per year guy.
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2011 Comments Off

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