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Washington Redskins 2017 Draft Profiles: Haason Reddick, LB

Hogs Haven takes a look at 2017 Draft Prospects that could contribute to the Redskins.

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Haason Reddick, LB
School: Temple | Conference: AAC
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-1 / 237 lbs
Projected Draft Status: Late 1st Round
NFL Comparison: Clay Matthews

College Statistics

Player Overview

When all is said and done there could be no player that has had such an astronomical rise this draft season as Haason Reddick has had this past week. Reddick was a potential prospect last year that was projected as an edge rusher but decided to return for his senior year. It was a wise decision. For one, Reddick knocked his senior season out of the park and really showed what a dominant defensive force he could be. Secondly, it gave him some space from a legal issue he and teammate Dion Dawkins were in the midst of just a couple years ago. Reddick’s talent is undeniable. Reddick also has rare experience playing several positions including running back and defensive back. At Temple, he largely played with his hands in the dirt as a defensive end. In his senior season, he spent a significant amount of time rushing from the edge standing up and had even greater success. This past week at the Senior Bowl Reddick even had success playing inside linebacker.

Strengths

  • Versatile, Reddick quite frankly has the ability to play inside or outside linebacker in any scheme. Where he fits best will be up for debate but he can do it all.
  • Ridiculous athleticism, he is explosive, has quick twitch and sideline to sideline ability.
  • Dominant as a pass rusher, his balance, speed, and bend are excellent. He is a nightmare for an offensive tackle with technique issues.
  • His instincts and vision show up on tape, rare that he takes a false step.
  • Solid tackler. When he is drawn to a target he quickly closes and brings them down.

Weaknesses

  • Needs to work on getting off of blocks especially in run defense.
  • Would like to see him convert his rush to power more, a lot of the times he is winning with quickness rather than strength. Could be a situation where the combine bench press matters.
  • Against good tackles in the league, he’s going to have to improve his pass rush repertoire, he won’t be able to win with a single move and will have to work on his combinations if you will.
  • Coverage abilities get an incomplete.

Let’s see his work:

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

There is a place for Haason Reddick on the Redskins pretty much at any LB position and I mean that. Hell, I’m tempted to write the staff and demand they ask Kerrigan to bulk up 25 lbs and play him at DE so Reddick get’s his spot (assuming Galette actually plays this year). If Galette rips another Achilles play Reddick there. Don’t like Will Compton? Play Reddick there. Don’t like Mason Foster? Play Reddick there. Versatility is his strong suit and he should be able to come in and immediately contribute. Is he worth the pick at 17? That remains to be seen.

Despite all Reddick has done there are still some questions that he can help answer at the combine. The biggest for me is his coverage abilities on a consistent basis. He flashed at the Senior Bowl but will he consistently against Zach Ertz? Jason Witten? Some worry about his size rushing from the OLB spot against much bigger NFL competition. He will have to prove he can consistently beat them to make it into the top half of the draft.

If he walks away with glowing marks at the end of the combine process the Redskins might not get the chance unless they are extremely lucky. We’ll see.