February 17, 2011
Every year around February or March, a player rises from virtual anonymity and works his way into the first round mix of the NFL Draft. It becomes clear that fans at home were sleeping on an NFL caliber talent early in the process. In 2009 it was Clay Matthews that started an ascension up the boards after the season, in 2010 it was California’s Tyson Alualu. Who in the 2011 class will shock fans and draftniks by going higher than projected? I introduce to you: Arizona defensive end/linebacker Brooks Reed.
In college, Reed functioned as defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. He enjoyed success throughout his career at Arizona as a speed rusher off the right side; however, at 6’2 ½ 257, he lacks the size necessary to hold down a starting end spot at the next level. For many players, the size and speed jump in the NFL (read more…)