Jarran Reed, Alabama
What’s been the biggest problem on defense in recent years for the Packers? The leaky run defense. There aren’t many better run stuffers in this year’s class than Jarran Reed out of Alabama. Reed could help shore up the run defense from day one in Green Bay.
The 6-foot-3, 307-pounder can line up just about anywhere along the defensive line, and he would be anchor up front for the Packers. With Mike Daniels dominant as the 3-technique, Reed could be lined up at left end (5-technique) or even at nose tackle. His ability to eat up blocks would appeal to Dom Capers in his 3-4 defense.
The area needing the most work is his pass rush. Reed is most efficient shutting down the run, which could cause him to drop to No. 27. This is an area he would need to develop over time.
As a first round option, the Packers could get an instant upgrade to their run defense. A defensive line featuring Daniels and Reed would be a tough one to contend with, and it could set the tone for a much better defense in 2015. It all starts with stopping the run, and this needs to be a focus for Green Bay.
Next: Plenty of pass-rushing traits