Kalan Reed, CB
School: Southern Miss | Conference: C-USA
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 5-11 / 198 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 7th Round or UDFA
NFL Comparison: Darius Butler
Kalan Reed is a fast instinctive cornerback. In high school he won the state championship in the 110-meter hurdles he also played basketball. During his career at Southern Miss, he was a solid cover corner. He doesn't have the best ball skills, his frame isn't the most physically imposing, and he didn't make many splash plays but he was reliable. One of his career highlights came in 2014 when he kept up stride for stride with Amari Cooper. Cooper had 8 catches for 135 yards and a TD that game but it wasn't the fault of Reed as he stopped Cooper from scoring at least 2 more times that game. What's most encouraging about Reed is how much he improved in coverage and against the run after his Junior season. He was significantly better at locating the ball and positioning himself to make a play. He also got more physical improving both his tackle and tackle for loss totals and forcing two fumbles.
- Good athlete can stick with receivers down field his jumping ability gives him a shot when covering bigger receivers.
- Really improved his awareness this season he located the ball and got between it and the receiver on a consistent basis.
- Able tackler gets low and wraps up.
- Slight build will be limited to a slot role if he can't add more mass.
- Hesitates sometimes when tackling especially in the sense that he lets the ball carrier come to him instead of zeroing in.
- Will sometimes over pursue in run support.
Let's see his work:
@R11R White and Carrington are good. I also like Kalan Reed out of Southern Miss as late Day 3 guy.— Jim Cobern (@Jmcobern1) January 7, 2016
Kalan Reed having as fine a season as any senior corner in Southern Miss history.— Jason Munz (@munzly) December 26, 2015
Here's that play by Kalan Reed that sealed the victory. pic.twitter.com/WWB9qWmQRf— Jason Munz (@munzly) September 20, 2015
@P_Woo Have you had a chance to see Michael Thomas and Kalan Reed yet? Two local guys from Southern Miss who I think have some serious game.— Rob Donaldson (@DraftCharge) January 21, 2016
How He Would Fit on the Redskins
Kalan Reed has plenty of upside. He is a developmental corner that could contribute on special teams and could eventually work his way into a the nickel spot in the future. He has good athleticism, game speed, awareness and vision to locate the ball. He didn't play in one of the power conferences but he did hold his own against one of the best receivers in college football a year ago and he's improved even more since. Reed has a nice competitive swagger about him and he's a young guy that could really benefit from some seasoning by an experienced NFL coaching staff and teammates. I much rather the Redskins draft their depth guys instead of signing them off the street (which was understandably necessary last season). Reed could blossom into a contributor for the Skins with patience and opportunity.