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QB's were snapped up early in the Draft, starting with SF at #2 trading down one spot with Chicago who leaped on Trubisky (Didn't see that coming). Then, at Buffalo's #10 spot, KC traded up to hijack Mahomes (Didn't see that coming either). Then, at the #12-hole (our last worry if we were really in love with Deshaun Watson, Cleveland bailed out and traded its pick to Houston who, with no hesitation, snapped up Watson. This left the Cardinals with pretty much their pick of defensive standouts - Hooker, Foster, Reddick, Allen, Howard, Peppers. To us, if we decided to pass on Hooker, it would come down to Reddick (whose stock was steadily rising) vs. Foster (who had "issues" that got him kicked out of the Combine and whose recovery from shoulder surgery became a last-minute real or imagined issue).


2 as LB Haason Reddick 13 Temple rSr 6010 237 2

Northeast PA kid ("Temple Tuff"). His background fits the Steve Keim/Bruce Arians "chip on shoulder" rags-to-riches model. Fair value - he was 13th on my board and he went to the Cards at #13. Great Combine measurables - the 4.52 forty, 36.5 vertical and 133 long jump. It's hard to gauge whether the Cards would have drafted him had Foster had a squeaky clean bill of health medically and off-the-field. Side by Side Comparison: Reddick to Foster - Reddick is 6-1 237. Foster is 6-0 229. Reddick ran a 4.52 forty. Foster was sent home from the Combine and didn't run. Reddick is considered more versatile. Foster is less versatie but a legendary hitter with sideline-to-sideline range. Foster had medical questions that reportedly caused his stock to drop. - Gollin

Intense, very physical player...Very good athlete (speed and explosiveness are his calling cards)...Strong/big hitter...can drop into coverage...has played up and down...Lacks ideal size to play outside...Needs to bulk up...Mainly a DE for the Owls and will have to make the conversion to LB...Cover skills make guys like him valuable commodities...figures to be a terror on ST's... - PFW

4-year walk-on who developed into a hybrid pass rusher and lived in the opponent's backfield as a senior with a 22.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. .Finely tuned with coordinated movement skills. Masterfully controls his throttle in space ..Flexible - can drop his pads and turn the corner around edge blockers. Good initial burst...Best trait is his secondary quickness working off contact. Very good pursuit speed and motor. Good backfield vision to track the ball, avoid blockers and locate the ballcarrier. Alert to see plays develop, trusting his reads and not getting fooled by much. Well-developed muscle tone /worked hard to max out his body - added 50+ pounds of good weight since enrolling at Temple. Blossoming leadership skills ... Tweener frame / lacks the size for DE. Lacks ideal arm length and the anchor or upper body power to control the POA. Doesn't always convert his speed to power...Room to improve finishing skills as a tackler,...... Wild reverse footwork when asked to cover. Suspended following his connection with an off-campus fight. A balanced, loose athlete with the instincts and upside to play ILB or OLB. Projects as a first round pick.- NFLDS (Brugler)

Earned an invitation to the Senior Bowl with a strong 2016 season. Doesn't have the size to be an every-down edge rusher in the NFL, so he will have to move to a more traditional outside linebacker position that blitzes off the edge at times... - WalterFB

Senior Bowl (as ILB) - "...had a strong showing this week...as lined-up in different places and showed the versatility and ability needed to play linebacker at the NFL level. On Thursday, he broke up one pass in coverage and showed an ability to recognize screen passes very quickly, putting himself in position to ruin the play....also able to defeat run blocks with frequency. During the season, Reddick’s 13.7 pass-rushing productivity rating ranked 18th among 3-4 outside linebackers." - PFF

Forty: 4.52....Twenty:....Ten: ....BP: 24...VJ: 36.5...BJ: 133...SS: ...LS: ...3C::....WU: ...

 

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