Buffalo Bills defensive line coach John Blake has known about Jarran Reed since he was a freshman–in high school. Reed is hoping that connection pays off when the NFL Draft starts on Thursday.
“It’d be the perfect situation, perfect fit, it’d be amazing,” Reed told Tyler Dunne of The Buffalo News.
The 2016 NFL Draft has been viewed as boasting one of the best defensive line classes ever. Defensive lineman Jarran Reed, having come from Alabama’s national championship defense, is one of many linemen NFL teams salivate over in the hopes he transforms a good defense to a great one.
For the Buffalo Bills, selecting Reed with the No. 19 pick in the NFL Draft makes too much sense. Reed is still one to sell himself, no matter how clearly signs point to “Yes.”
“I know Coach Blake. I know the type he is. I mean, it’s domination all across the board. If I came in with what I can help them with, we’d be unstoppable. Defense wins Super Bowls. We’d be a wrecking crew up front and help our linebackers out as well. We’d all complement each other well. It’s a perfect fit.”
That’s not all. Reed is also close to Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, another Nick Saban product and arguably the Bills’ best player.
With the release of defensive end Mario Williams, the Bills are now thin in the trenches. Reed, and his versatility, could be a good fit for coach Rex Ryan’s defense.
Since nothing is guaranteed in the draft, however, Reed seems to understand campaigning for himself is the best way to increase his chances of getting drafted early. All that’s left is for him to see if his self-confidence rubbed off on the Bills’ brass.
“I can play it all. I play everywhere and everybody knows that,” Reed told The Buffalo News.
“I’m relentless. I play with effort, I play physical, I play hard, I’m running sideline to sideline and dominate whoever’s in front of me. I bring a nastiness to the game, a player who plays with passion.”