|Brooks Reed OLB Arizona|
|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.|
Earlier this afternoon I took some time to answer a few of your questions on twitter. A lot of them really deserve more than just four or five word response, so I thought I’d take an few minutes to elaborate…
It’s definitely possible that one or both could wind up in the top five, but I think they’ll ultimately fall a little further.
The Panthers aren’t taking a quarterback, despite some mock drafts linking them with Cam Newton. The Cardinals may consider it, but I think they’ll pass as well. Ken Whisenhunt really wants to bring in a veteran, and I think they will to appease Larry Fitzgerald as well.
That leaves the Bills. And after addressing their strongest position in the 1st round last year by taking C.J. Spiller, it’s anyone’s guess what they may do this time around. Newton and Gabbert are possibilities, but I think they’ll lean toward the best available player – A.J. Green or Patrick Peterson.