PFF scouting report: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Steve Palazzolo and the PFF draft analysts breaks down Alabama's Jarran Reed ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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(AP Photo/Butch Dill)

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PFF scouting report: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Here is the PFF draft profile for Alabama’s Jarran Reed, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here

Position fit:

Nose tackle in either a 3-4 or 4-3, but could also play 3-4 defensive end

Stats to know:

Ranked second in the nation with a +39.9 grade against the run and led all interior defensive linemen in run stop percentage at 13.4 percent

What he does best:

• Technique is excellent, rarely caught off balance or moved off the point of attack
• Handles double teams better than most defensive tackles in the class
• Excellent at two-gapping, finding the ball, and making the play
• Can play head up on blockers, whether against centers, guards, or tackles. Brings versatility to the DLine against the run
• Five batted passes tied for third in the nation among interior defensive linemen

Biggest concern:

• Limited as a pass rusher, may be more of a two-down run stuffer
• Not a great one-gap penetrator, though his opportunities were limited in Alabama’s scheme

Player Comparison:

Bennie Logan, Philadelphia Eagles. While body types are different, Logan has been strong against the run, whether playing head-up nose tackle or playing in a gap, while pressuring the QB at a below-average level. Reed projects to have similar production.

Bottom line:

Reed is right at the top among many run stopping defensive linemen in this class who are better against the run than they are getting after the quarterback. That may cause a value issue when it comes to draft day.

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Steve is a senior analyst at Pro Football Focus. His work has been featured on ESPN Insider, NBC Sports, and 120 Sports.

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