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Will the Redskins consider drafting one-dimensional DL Jarran Reed?

Mar 28, 2016, 12:53 PM EDT


Redskins draft countdown

The NFL draft is 31 days away and there is plenty of speculation as to what players Scot McCloughan will select to wear the burgundy and gold. Between now and the draft we’ll look at some of the players who might be of interest to the Redskins and discuss how he might fit in Washington.

Jarran Reed
Defensive tackle

Height: 6-3
Weight: 307
40-yard dash: 5.21

Projected draft round: 1


What they’re saying

Country strong with tree trunks for thighs and long arms, Reed is a classic two-gap run-stuffer stout enough to play inside at defensive tackle or outside at end. At 6-3, 311 pounds, Reed has the girth and strength to line up virtually anywhere along the defensive line, making him a fit for 3-4 and 4-3 teams, alike.

Dane Brugler and Rob Rang, CBS Sports

How he fits the Redskins: The Redskins were one of the worst teams in the NFL when it came to defending the run. Forget about the regular season stats; when the playoffs rolled around the Packers’ running game (141 yards) was just as responsible for beating the Redskins as was Aaron Rodgers.

As noted in the evaluation above, Reed could line up just about anywhere along the line and create problems for any team trying to run the ball. Here he uses excellent technique against the Georgia tackle and creates a logjam that completely kills the play.


(Gif via Dallas Morning News and

Potential issues: Reed didn’t demonstrate much ability to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. He had just one sack and 4.5 tackles for a loss starting 14 games on a dominant defense. At Alabama he was mostly a two-down player. Scot McCloughan may prefer a player who has demonstrated better ability to get to the passer and may be hesitant to spend his first-round pick on a player who comes off of the field on third down.

Bottom line: Can Reed be taught to rush the passer? He has good fundamentals in the run game and the coaching staff on the NFL team that ends up with him will spend a lot of time trying to teach him how to shed blocks and get after the quarterback. It’s likely that he’ll never be really good at it but if he can get to the point where he can get three or four sacks a year that might be good enough to make it worth his run-stuffing ability.

Depending on how important that is to McCloughan, Reed could well be in the mix of linemen the Redskins will consider at pick No. 21 along with his Crimson Tide teammate A’Shawn Robinson, Andrew Billings of Baylor, and Robert Nkemdiche of Ole Miss.

Despite his limitations, Reed is not likely to get out of the first round. As you get later in the first round, teams that advanced in the playoffs may be happy to take a lineman who can do one thing well.

In his own words

On why he didn’t record many sacks:

It was the system we played in. Run-first, then-covert-to-pass system, but I did apply pressure on the quarterback. I definitely hit the quarterback, I definitely got sacks, too.

Previously in Redskins draft countdown:

  1. sidepull - Mar 28, 2016 at 1:56 PM

    Don’t think Rankins will be there but that’s that what Id be looking for.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 28, 2016 at 5:00 PM

      I think you’re right.

      Sheldon Rankins, then Andrew Billings or Jarran Reed. Better yet, trade back for an extra 3rd round pick* and pick the best NT left on the board, which still might be Billings or Reed.

      * Of course, that trade back requires a willing partner. We could trade with Seattle or Green Bay and still be in the 1st round. McGlue has traded with Seattle before (I suspect Seattle is pretty happy with the result).

  2. skinsdiehard - Mar 28, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    Got to say, the Packers rushed on like 8 of 10 plays on their last TD drive. We couldn’t stop them for sure. But I think some of that blame goes to Joe Barry for staying in that foolish nickel package for too long. Something he did way too often. The truth is that we need to dump the 3-4 and get a new defensive coordinator. I know that probably won’t happen while Gruden is here. Saddled with another stupid HC.

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Mar 28, 2016 at 5:03 PM

      When the Packers turned it around by running our socks off in the 2nd quarter, they ran the hurry-up and trapped our nickel D on the field.

    • Lex - Mar 28, 2016 at 7:11 PM

      Exacly Barry should have been fired
      Have no problems getting rid of amerson or rambo for getting burnt same rules shud apply for coaches!

    • ajbus1 - Mar 28, 2016 at 7:21 PM


    • hotpicksblog - Mar 28, 2016 at 10:19 PM

      oh yea it can..Joe Barry will be gone after this season…BECAUSE…Scott M is in charge. Joe Barry is Grudens pick but not Scott M’s choice. Scott let Gruden have his way on the coaching staff but you can bet your bippy that if the Redskins finish down in D ranking AGAIN and the Redskins don’t make the playoffs…Joe “prevent defense” Barry will be unemployed……as he should be right now.

  3. troylok - Mar 28, 2016 at 6:30 PM

    As a second rounder, maybe he is worth it but a reach in the first round. If you are going to pick a one-dimensional player with limited upside, it better be later in the draft. I think we are going to hear about a few guys like this and McGloughin is going to end up ignoring the nose tackle position until fourth or fifth round. Fans will be up in arms but when they see the performances of the center, safety, and inside linebacker they get beforehand, they will be okay.

  4. Lex - Mar 28, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    No! If we grab a tackle Id rather take Billings or Nkemdiche

    • hail74 - Mar 28, 2016 at 7:50 PM

      If guys with high motor really matter to Scot as much as he says it does than I don’t see him taking Nkemdiche. Quite frankly I’d pass on him too.

      • Mr.moneylover - Mar 29, 2016 at 10:42 AM


  5. ajbus1 - Mar 28, 2016 at 7:24 PM

    Gotta get a three down player in the first. Hopefully Billings makes it down to us. Reed reminds me of Jarvis Jenkins.

    • Mr.moneylover - Mar 29, 2016 at 10:42 AM


  6. smotion55 - Mar 28, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    We need young 3 down players to compete in this League on Defense and the talent on this Team is not their yet You don’t fire Barry because of talent issues. They have a good coaching staff and they did well with what they had , considering all the injuries they had last year this team did pretty good pluging all the holes . We need to use most of the draft picks on that side of the ball this year and maybe a starting Center and a Tall WR on the other side..
    It was at least a 3 year deal with a real GM from the start to be really competitive .When we start getting comp picks back in the draft because some team took some of the talent then we will have a real good team. We are still 3 years away from top third of the league. The GM said Bigger Stronger and Faster who study film and love football, I don’t see that yet. It just takes time, no short cuts, we used to spend 200 million on free agents Got Nothing to show for it > lets see what happens to the Giants this year

  7. hotpicksblog - Mar 28, 2016 at 10:27 PM

    What I learned about Scott McCloughan is he likes lots of draft picks…. he likes SAFE draft picks….. and he likes BIG GUYS. The first 3 picks last year were BIG guys for the position.

    Therefore….as I look at the clues Scott leaves….I would suggest that he will either trade the 21st pick and get an extra pick OR he will draft a BIG lineman at 21 who is a SAFE pick. I would not rule out a center at this point since he did so well with last years offensive line pick….however if he trades into the 2nd round then anything goes and he may draft wideout. His BIG board really will be a BIG board.

  8. shermanp79 - Mar 29, 2016 at 8:06 AM

    Every team needs quality run stopping DL guys but I don’t think you take a one dimensional guy in the 1st round. You can find those guys later in the Draft. At best he is a 2 down linemen.

    • Mr.moneylover - Mar 29, 2016 at 10:31 AM

      Exactly….I don’t see redskins going after a guy like this who can only do one thing…They looking at guys who can do multiple things…if you put on Andrew Billings tape compared to jarren reed its no close match…its another DL player from Texas who is the same way I forgot his name

  9. Mr.moneylover - Mar 29, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Yea actually jay gruden said they tryna get away from that he said they dont need a classic NT he said we want guys that can pass rush across the board …so my guess is that’s why they haven’t resign pot roast because he struggle to pass rush last year…if you cant pass rush you will be cut that’s how Joe Barry scheme work…pot roast was a non factor in the eagles and packers game because he was to out of shape to play all three downs when other teams ran no huddle Archives

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