NFL Draft Scouting Report: Haason Reddick

Temple
Outside Linebacker #7
Senior 6’1” 230

Strengths:

  • Tough competitor
  • Lined up in a two and three point stance
  • Versatility, played Defensive End and Linebacker
  • Quick and athletic
  • High motor
  • Capable dropping into zone coverage or covering running backs
  • Productive college career
  • Pure speed rush
  • Able to bend the edge

Weaknesses:

  • Lack of pass rush moves
  • Gets engulfed by larger linemen
  • Needs to add bulk to his frame
  • Average hand usage

Haason Reddick was awarded a single digit number by his fellow players in his senior season for being one of the toughest players on the team. Reddick responded with his best year recording 65 tackles, 22.5 TFL and 10.5 sacks which earned him a place on the All-AAC first team. Reddick was a leader of the Temple defense and became the player the defense looked to, too make a play.

Reddick is a great athlete and uses his speed to bend the edge and set up linemen for and inside speed rush. The downside on Reddick is that if he doesn’t win with his speed and quickness he tends to just get blocked out of the play and becomes a non-factor. The team drafting him will have to work on his hand usage and trying to teach him some pass rush moves. If Reddick could learn at spin move a la Dwight Freeney/Vic Beasley, he would be dangerous. He isn’t stout against the run but can play the read option better than most because of his athleticism. Temple also asked Reddick to drop into coverage, mainly the flat or hook zone, and on occasion played man to man against running backs which he was successful at.

Reddick is set to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 because of his size and athleticism and his ability to play coverage will keep him on the field. He isn’t just a situational pass rusher and with the right coach he could become a fierce outside linebacker for years. However, if he fails to learn any pass rush moves and just relies on his speed he will just become another speedy linebacker destined to play special teams.

Reddick has accepted his invitation to the Reese’s Senior Bowl.

Pro Comp:  Bruce Irvin

Draft Value: 2nd Round

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