2017 NFL DRAFT

Haason Reddick, OLB

School: Temple  |  Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Camden, NJ
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 237 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
1311

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.52--24 36 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.52--24 36 1/211'1"--

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Cincinnati Bengals | #9
    The Bengals are looking to add a young pass rusher to complement veterans Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap and could use a boost of speed at linebacker. In Reddick, a former walk-on turned superstar who wowed at Temple, the Senior Bowl and the Combine, they'd be adding both.
  • Indianapolis Colts | #15
    Coming from Kansas City, new Colts general manager Chris Ballard understands the impact of speed on defense and that is exactly what Reddick offers. He can line up inside or outside and give position flexibility to drop in coverage or blitz.
  • New Orleans Saints | #11
    He can play linebacker or put his hand on the ground as an outside rusher. They need speed on their defense and this kid has that type of ability.
  • Indianapolis Colts | #15
    A versatile, playmaking linebacker is exactly what the doctor ordered for a defense that simply hasn't made plays in recent years.
  • Kansas City Chiefs | #27
    Reddick would be a picture-perfect fit in Kansas City, given his flexibility to play the run and the pass from all over the defensive formation. The Chiefs could use help both inside and outside at the linebacker spot, with some of their top options getting up there in age.
 

Player Overview

A two-year starter at Temple, Reddick lined up at a left and right defensive end (two- and three-point stance) in Temple's scheme, also standing up and dropping as a spy linebacker. A no-star safety recruit out of high school, Reddick battled injuries as a junior and senior at Haddon Heights so his recruitment went from meager to non-existent due to his lack of exposure. His persistence earned him a walk-on opportunity at Temple, redshirting in 2012. Reddick played mostly special teams in 2013, but made the transition to linebacker and eventually defensive end where he earned four starts, posting 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack. He served as a reserve as a sophomore in 2014 (two starts) and finished with 7.0 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Reddick won a starting defensive end job a junior in 2015, collecting 46 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks and two forced fumbles. He had his best season as a senior (13 starts) and finished third in the FBS with 22.5 tackles for loss, adding a team-best 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles to earn First Team All-AAC honors.

Once a 185-pound walk-on, Reddick developed into a hybrid pass rusher and lived in the opponent's backfield as a senior with a team-best 22.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. However due to size, he needs to transition to an off-ball linebacker role in the NFL, displaying the athleticism to make the change, but he lacks ideal experience operating in coverage. Although his evaluation requires a leap of faith due to his position change, Reddick is a balanced, loose athlete with the instincts and upside to play inside or outside linebacker in various schemes, especially with his pass rush value on passing downs, projecting as a first round player.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Finely tuned athlete with coordinated movement skills. Masterfully controls his throttle in space to break down and finish ballcarriers. Flexible to drop his pads and turn the corner around edge blockers. Initial burst to attack gaps and squeeze into the backfield. Best trait is his secondary quickness working off contact. Very good pursuit speed and motor. Backfield vision to track the ball, avoid blockers and track down the ballcarrier. Alert to see plays develop, trusting his reads and not getting fooled by much. Well-developed muscle tone and worked hard to max out his body - added 50+ pounds of good weight since enrolling at Temple. Blossoming leadership skills with the inner competitive drive and appetite for football. Former walk-on and played the first four seasons at Temple without a football scholarship - awarded a scholarship the summer prior to his senior season. Tied the single-season school record with 22.5 tackles for loss in 2016.

WEAKNESSES: Tweener frame and lacks the size potential to stay at defensive end in the NFL. Lacks ideal arm length to efficiently engage, stack and shed in the trenches. Doesn't have the anchor or upper body power to control the point of attack, allowing blockers to engulf and move him from lanes. Doesn't consistent convert his speed to power as a rusher. Room to improve his finishing skills as a tackler, slipping off his target at times. Needs to transition to an off-ball linebacker position, lacking experience in that role. Wild footwork in reverse when asked to drop and cover backs or tight ends. Suspended from the Temple football program for three months (along with Dion Dawkins) following his connection with an off-campus fight (Jan. 2015) - put on probation after felony aggravated assault charges were later dropped.

--Dane Brugler (2/6/17)

 
 
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