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DE Brooks Reed: Moving Up The Charts Right Before The NFL Draft

Forcefully climbing draft boards from the juncture of the conclusion of the bowl season to the NFL Draft in late April is no walk in the park.  Every prospect has an equal opportunity to improve their stock during the Scouting Combine, Pro Days and individual workouts, interviews and general get-togethers with teams, scouts and head coaches.  But one 4-3

defensive end/3-4 outside linebacker from Arizona fought hard and now has relentlessly soared up draft boards as a result.


Considered the 99th best overall player just a few months ago, Brooks Reed has ascended to mid-first-round to early-second-round status after exuding exceptional numbers at the Combine.


When you look up the word production in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of this versatile star defender from Arizona.  As a starter for 34 games in his collegiate career, Reed recorded 114 tackles with a collision-jarring 17 sacks and 15 forced fumbles.  He was attributed as an All-Pac-10 conference player and racked up 44 tackles with 6.5 sacks and one forced fumble in 2010.


There are very few weaknesses in Reed’s game.  His initial step in stance isn’t the most stable and must be improved on at the next level.  He’ll also need to brush up on dropping into coverage and should be taught these adjustments, along with draw plays and fakes with proper NFL coaching.


Having played in various positions in college, the 6-2, 257-pound prospect will enter the NFL with an easy transition.


Brooks Reed’s strengths are centered around his speed and tackling abilities.  He’s an excellent pass rusher, especially off the edge, all-around very solid tackler with terrific rushing instincts and more athletic than some may perceive.  Equipped with a high motor that many teams would love to have on their team, Reed also has great character, is a hard worker and good person to have in the locker room.


So what about Reed’s performance at the Scouting Combine?  It was of course stellar, as he showed scouts and coaches to start in the NFL.  His 40-Time was a 4.65, bench press struck 30 and he posted a vertical leap of 30.5 inches.  The numbers solidified his rising stock to a mid 1st to early 2nd round pick.


Reed played it safe at the Arizona Pro Day.  He stuck by his Combine numbers and felt the risk wasn’t worth the cost of experiencing less impressive stats on campus, enduring possible injuries, ect.

Oh by the way, Brooks Reed also ran the fastest 10-yard split of any defensive lineman at the Combine, only 0.05 seconds slower than Packers’ star Clay Matthews.  And speaking of Clay Matthews, many scouts have compared Reed to the star linebacker in more ways than one.  Interesting enough, some of that has to deal with the long blond hair.  Let’s see if he has what it takes to live up to it.


Reed is the type of player coaches love to have on their side.


There’s little work to get done before he become a star-caliber player in the NFL.  He’s ready to do whatever it takes to compete and learn.  His tremendous work ethic and determination will lead to success at the next level and elite status, probably soon that you would ever imagine.


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