PFF scouting report: Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss

Sam Monson and the PFF draft analysts break down the play of Southern Miss' Kalan Reed ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF scouting report: Kalan Reed, CB, Southern Miss


Below is the PFF draft profile for Southern Miss’ Kalan 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:

Outside corner in any scheme

Stats to know:

Had third-highest coverage grade in the class, notched 18 combined interceptions and passes defensed from only 89 targets

What he does best:

• Makes plays on the football. Reed either intercepted or broke up a pass with a deflection on 20.2 percent of his targets this past season — one of the highest rates in the nation
• Plays well in both man and zone coverage. Was confident in either throughout the season and was only improving as the season wore on
• Fits the size, speed and athleticism profile that NFL teams are looking for. Reed measured at 5-foot-11 and 199-pounds at his pro day before running a 4.38 40-time and jumping 41.5 inches in the vertical, which would have tied for the best figure recorded at the combine this year
• Closes quickly on underneath routes and arrives with impact at the catch point, often jarring the ball loose even if it gets to its intended receiver. In addition to his 14 PDs he forced four more incompletions with hits that didn’t actually touch the football but still broke the pass up
• Smooth mover, can transition well and adjust to routes and receiver’s moves without losing balance and speed
• Will make big hits in the run game or short area passing. Saved a touchdown against Texas State on fourth down in the shadow of the goal line that was one of the plays of the season

Biggest concern:

• There is the occasional lapse on tape, and loses track of the ball in flight occasionally. Despite the excellent play still allowed three touchdowns this season, one of which was admittedly a lucky bounce on a pass he contested at the catch point
• Like most college corners he looked a little vulnerable to double moves, gambling too much on the first move from off coverage
• Ran a 4.38 40 at his pro day but there were plays where he looked short of true top-end speed

Player comparison:

Marcus Trufant, former Seattle Seahawk. Trufant’s career was derailed by injuries, but for a period he was one of the league’s best corners and shared a lot of similarities to Reed. He also packed around 200-pounds onto a 5-foot-11 frame, and had the slick movement skills to play elite coverage in any scheme. In 2007 he had the highest coverage grade in the entire NFL and yet, like Reed, allowed three scores that season. Reed has huge potential and is a very similarly-styled player.

Bottom line:

Many of the players that grade very well at PFF simply don’t fit the size and speed profile the NFL covets at corner and so aren’t even on the radar of many teams. Reed is different. At 5-foot-11 and 199-pounds with a 40 time in the 4.3s, he ticks every box from a physical standpoint, and this past season had tape to rival any corner in this class. He may have some competition questions to answer having played at Southern Mississippi, but you can only play what is in front of you, and this season Reed allowed only 48.3 percent of passes thrown his way to be caught.

  • Anthony

    Jesus… sounds like a first rounder to me lol

    • PFFSamMonson

      I’m saying 2nd, but yeah, I think we’re talking about a guy who should be WAY higher on people’s boards.

      • JimmyCrackCorn

        Close.

        • PFFSamMonson

          Wasn’t trying to predict. This is independent evaluation of where a guy SHOULD go based on his tape. Every snap of it graded.

  • Joshua Bethel

    Would be great pick for the pats in the early third… From the podcast you guys just posted he sounds like a sleeper ready to wake up!

    • Zachary Mills

      I like him for them in the 3rd as well but they don’t have an early 3rd rd pick, they’d have to trade up or down.

      • daniel oh

        definitely trade down to no. 253.

  • Bryan

    Mr irrelevant kalan reed seems way to good to be last overall pick. Rounds out an above average draft for the up and coming Tennessee Titans. Good job Jon Robinson