After two years at East Mississippi Community College, defensive tackle Jarran Reed transferred to Alabama and spent the past two seasons as a starter for the Crimson Tide. Upon his arrival, he made an immediate impact on the field and became an integral part of the team's run-stopping defense.
The biggest criticism regarding Reed has been his sack totals. In 2014 and 2015, Reed notched only two sacks, one each year. However, with over 100 tackles in those two seasons, it's clear he contributed in other ways, which is why he is projected to be selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
At 6-3, 307 pounds, Reed also has the size to make an immediate impact for a team and has the ability to become an immediate starter in the NFL.
Scouting Report From NFL.com
Able to pack plenty of strength into his well-built frame. Plays with bend, leverage and plus core power. Two-gap machine who can eat blocks and come back for more. Rarely beaten at point of attack by single blocks. As an edge setter, grows roots and prevents running lanes from developing in gaps. Has catcher's mitts for hands. Arms are a little short for the position, but his hand quickness into blocker's frame and instant arm extension make his arm length irrelevant. Engages, controls and slides down the line looking to finish the run before it gets started. Great vision and instincts to find ball quickly. Reads running backs lane choice and discards blocker with excellent timing. Run-down specialist posting tremendous two-year production with 108 tackles despite playing in only 55 percent of the total snaps. Charted with no broken tackles or missed tackles for the entire season. Overcome adversity along road to success at Alabama. - Lance Zierlein
What He Said
"It was the system we played in. Run-first, then-convert-to-pass system, but I did apply pressure on the quarterback. I definitely hit the quarterback. I definitely got sacks, too." – Jarran Reed on his low sack total