DT Jarran Reed, Alabama
An option growing in momentum around mock drafts for the Packers is defensive tackle Jarran Reed out of Alabama. The Packers have found some success taking players from Alabama in recent years with Eddie Lacy and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
This pick would make a lot of sense for the Packers. Reed is an excellent run defender and could be plugged in on Dom Capers’ defensive line. NFL.com draft analyst Lance Zierlein compared Reed to the Bears’ Eddie Goldman, saying that “Reed is an elite run defender with the lower body strength to command his gap, but the instincts and timing to be productive as a tackler rather than just a space eater.”
Holding the Alabama prospect back is his pass rushing ability. This could allow him to fall to No. 27 where the Packers could swoop in and take him. The 6-foot-3, 311-pounder has great strength and would be an immediate upgrade to the Packers’ run defense, an area needing improvements.
It was disappointing to see the Packers pass on Goldman last year who looks to be the anchor on the Bears’ 3-4 defensive line, but taking Reed here would make a lot of sense.
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