Washington Redskins 2013 NFL Draft Profile: Kevin Reddick

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The linebacking corps of the Redskins needs an infusion of new blood. Kevin Reddick, LB from North Carolina, could be a mid to later round answer.

Height: 6'1", Weight: 243 lbs

Projected Round: 5

Why he would be a good Redskin:

Reddick won the starting linebacker job as a true Freshman halfway through the year in 2009, and never gave it up. Production wise, he was very strong with 45, 74, 71 and 85 tackles in four seasons at North Carolina. He lined up at middle linebacker as well as at the defensive end spot and looked comfortable either way. He even occasionally lined up over a split out tight end, and seemed to have a natural ability to break up passes or go for the strip after a catch. He flashed bursts of speed on the blitz, getting 6.5 sacks his senior year, and had a knack to create the big defensive play.

Why he won’t be drafted by the Redskins:

While his production was solid in four years, he plays more of a finesse game and can get pushed around. He tries to get around his blocker instead of stepping up into contact, which sometimes took him out of position to make the play. He also has a tendency to aim high, which led to more missed tackles than you would like to see. If the play went away from him, it appeared he would slow down occasionally instead of pursuing at full speed.

Bottom Line: With Lorenzo Alexander departing for Arizona and London Fletcher nearing the end of his career, the Skins could use some new blood at linebacker. Reddick showed he has the flexibility, size and speed to play both inside and outside linebacker positions and could be a natural fit in the 3-4 scheme. With some work on his technique (tackling and taking on blockers), he could develop into a solid contributor for years to come.

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