Alabama defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson earned consensus All-American honors in 2015, but at least one NFL scout thinks his unheralded teammate, Jarran Reed, is the better pro prospect.
“He’s big; he’s strong; he’s physical,” a scout said of Reed to NJ.com. “A lot of people are hyping Robinson, I like Reed better. He’s the better all-around player.”
While Robinson was a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which recognizes college football’s best interior lineman, Reed only earned an All-SEC honorable mention as a junior and second-team All-SEC honors as a senior.
However, he impressed at the Senior Bowl and showed the potential to develop into a player who is not only a run stuffer, but a pass rusher as well. The scout told NJ.com those abilities should make Reed a player who gets taken in the first 15 picks of the 2016 NFL Draft.
“I didn’t realize how well he ran until he caught (quarterback Carson) Wentz in the Senior Bowl,” the scout said. “He’s a mid-first, anywhere from 10-15, sounds right. You don’t see a lot of his pass rush, but I think he can.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper has Reed projected to be picked by the Kansas City Chiefs with the No. 28 pick in his latest mock draft, while Robinson is slated to go 16 picks earlier to the New Orleans Saints at No. 12.