TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Other Alabama defenders received more public praise and headlines throughout the season, but defensive lineman Jarran Reed was quietly one of the more productive players on the entire unit.
Reed was rewarded for his tenacity and natural abilities on the field Friday when the Seattle Seahawks drafted him at pick No. 49 in the second round of the NFL Draft.
Reed is the type of player who could have an immediate impact, and be a 10-plus year pro.
Reed, Reggie Ragland and A’Shawn Robinson were the three Alabama players in attendance for the first round of the draft in Chicago, and all three had to wait until Friday before landing with teams in the second round.
At the NFL Combine in February, Reed posted a 40-yard dash time of 5.21, similar to Robinson’s 5.2. Reed also shined at the Senior Bowl in January, showing his strength and also his speed when he ran down a quarterback on the sideline.
The North Carolina native was a two-year starter at Alabama after transferring in from East Mississippi Community College.
Reed started 28 of the 29 games during his time with the Crimson Tide, finishing his career with 112 tackles including 11 tackles for loss and two sacks.
Reed has the ability to play in both a 3-4 defensive front as a nose guard or a defensive end, or in a 4-3 front as a defensive tackle.