TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Jarran Reed had to wait an extra day to hear his name called, but he couldn’t have picked a better landing spot.
The Seattle Seahawks selected the former Alabama defensive lineman No. 49 overall in the second round. Former Alabama and former Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander helped announce the pick.
Reed joins the vaunted Seahawks defense that has been one of the best in the NFL for the past three seasons.
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.
Read what the analysts said about Reed below:
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NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah
You talk about value, for me, this is my 13th overall player in the draft that they just got in the second round. This is tremendous value. You want somebody that can stuff the run, Jarran Reed gives you that. You can write a line in chalk behind. He won’t touch it because he is always moving forward with that powerful base. He dominates against the run. I went to the national championship game against Clemson. He made a play on Deshaun Watson all the way across the field. The effort is outstanding. I love this pick.
ESPN’s Todd McShay
He’s a better athlete than his production as a pass rusher would indicate, and don’t forget, Alabama is absolutely loaded with talent along that defensive front. They’re rotating guys in like hockey line shifts so he’s not on the field on obvious passing downs because they bring in other guys so that’s a part of it. Simply put, this guy is the best run defending interior defensive lineman in this draft. … The Seahawks get a first-round talent here in Jarran Reed.
ESPN’s Mel Kiper, Jr.
You think about what Jarran Reed brings with that thick 6-3, 307-pound frame. He holds the point (of attack), tremendously strong hands and you look at a guy against the run, led the defensive linemen at Alabama in tackles each of the past two years. Concern though is a lack of a pass rush. He only had two sacks the last two seasons combined. That’s got to pick up. But he’s a guy that can stuff the run who brings an attitude and desire.
ESPN’s Louis Riddick
Once you really start working with this guy and emphasizing get-off in the pass rush, and he starts to work with some of the players on that football team — especially a guy like Michael Bennett — you’ll see his pass rush production and his pass rush skill start to ramp up. I love the pick.
@1j_reed congrats bro! Welcome to the team! Running and hitting is what we are about.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) April 30, 2016
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