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Washington Redskins 2016 Draft Profiles: Kalan Reed, CB

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Hogs Haven takes a look at 2016 NFL Draft prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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

College Statistics

Player Overview

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.

Strengths

  • 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.


Weaknesses

  • 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.


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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.