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2017 NFL Draft Profile: Haason Reddick, Temple

Reddick has emerged as one of the top linebacker prospects in this year’s NFL draft.

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Haason Reddick- Linebacker, Temple Owls

HEIGHT: 6’1”

WEIGHT: 237

ARM LENGTH: 32 3/4”

HANDS: 10 1/8”

PROJECTED ROUND: 1ST-2ND ROUND

40 YD DASH (NFL Combine): 4.52 seconds

BENCH PRESS (NFL Combine): 24 reps

VERTICAL (NFL Combine): 36.5”

BROAD JUMP (NFL Combine): 133”

3 CONE DRILL (NFL Combine): 7.01 seconds

20 YD SHUTTLE (NFL Combine): 4.37 seconds


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ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Once a defensive back, Reddick’s speed allows him to get around the edge and into the backfield. That speed helped him produce 22.5 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks in 2016. He has a great motor, and has the ability to chase down plays from the backside without sacrificing discipline. That same speed that allows him to rush the passer allows him to cover routes downfield as well. Reddick has shown he can cover receivers, tight ends and running backs in man coverage, which will attract teams to him. He has the natural traits of a defensive back, and is starting to learn those of an edge rusher/linebacker additionally.

WEAKNESSES: He played out of position most of the year due to being undersized. Until he adds more weight to his frame, his size will continue to be his biggest weakness. When rushing the passer, he rarely changed his attack, making him predictable. A power rush is not in his game, which will force him to play outside backer instead of DE/EDGE player. If engaged with a lineman, he struggles to get off the block, which won’t bode well against NFL talent. Reddick will need to work to use his hands in order to disengage with a block to make plays.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Reddick has tremendous upside will keep intrigue teams to use a first or second-round pick on him. His speed and defensive back tendencies should bode well while he continues to get comfortable as a linebacker. His story is well-documented as a Temple walk-on to potential first-round pick, and with a motor like his, teams should be willing to use a high pick on him.