RENTON (CBS) — The Seattle Seahawks traded up in the second round of the draft Friday, swapping spots with the Chicago Bears (and giving up a fourth-round pick, No. 124) to select Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed 49th-overall.
“This whole time I had a certain feeling,” Reed said of being drafted by Seattle. “I thought it was going to happen yesterday with the last pick, but I knew today. Actually, right before it happened I told my mom, I said, ‘Mom, I’m going to the Seahawks.’ I’ve been talking about the Seahawks ever since the Senior Bowl. I’m just really happy and excited that it actually happened, and my dream came true to play on this defense.”
Seahawks scout Jim Nagy called Reed, “the best run-stuffer I’ve seen in a long time.”
Dane Brugler and Rob Rang of CBS Sports had the following to say about Reed (6-3/307 lbs.):
“Reed was the anchor of Alabama’s defensive front with the power and coordination at the contact point to absorb blockers and leverage the point of attack. Changes directions surprisingly well for a big man, accelerates smoothly and hustles to the ball. He displays terrific sense perception to feel moving bodies around him, muddying the middle of the line and forcing offenses to run outside the hashes. As a tackler, he looks to punish the ballcarrier, driving his hips and finishing through the whistle.”
All five of CBS Sports’ mock draft experts — Rob Rang, Dane Brugler, Will Brinson, Pete Prisco, and Jared Dubin — projected Reed would be selected in the first round.
Reed transferred to Alabama from East Mississippi Community College after 2013. In two seasons with Alabama, Reed recorded 39 tackles and 2.0 sacks.
He was arrested and charged with a DUI in July of 2014. Nagy said while he spoke with Reed about this, the team “was really okay” with his character.
The additions of both Reed and Texas A&M offensive tackle Germain Ifedi (selected 31st-overall Thursday, read more about that here) add support to Seattle’s offensive and defensive lines — both areas of need heading into the draft.