Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed didn’t just make his debut in ESPN draft guru Todd McShay’s top 32 prospects, he vaulted all the way into the top 10.
Reed, overshadowed at the start of the season by the guy next to him, A’Shawn Robinson, is one of four SEC players in McShay’s updated top 10 for the 2016 NFL Draft and the third-highest defensive lineman.
“Reed is one of the backbones of Alabama’s ridiculous run defense (fifth in the FBS in yards per carry),” McShay wrote about Reed. “He’s second on the team with 32 tackles and has been disruptive all season along. At 6-foot-4, 313 pounds, Reed has surprisingly good agility for his size and is extremely difficult to move off the line. He can be slow to disengage at times, but his first responsibility is to occupy the proper gap(s), and he rarely fails to execute.”
Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche held steady at No. 2 on the list behind Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. Florida defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III is right behind Nkemdiche at No. 3, and Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who is expected to make his season debut next week, rounds out the top 5.
Reed is one of three members of the Alabama defense on the list. Robinson checks in at No. 16, and linebacker Reggie Ragland lands at No. 20.
Check out the rest of McShay’s Top 32 prospects, which includes five other SEC players here (subscription required).
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