With the 42nd overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected a defensive end out of the University of Arizona, Brooks Reed.
A 3 year letterman, Reed was First Team All-Pac 10 and was a Senior Bowl invitee in Mobile, Alabama. He started 34 games as an Arizona Wildcat on the defensive side of the ball.
Reed finished his Wildcat career with 17 sacks--with a season high of 8 as a sophomore--and 25 tackles for loss.
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Hometown: Tucson, Arizona
Weight: 263 lbs.
40 yard time: 4.68
Bench @225: 30 reps
It looks like the conversion of this defensive end will be to the outside linebacker position. His skill set is ideal for an outside linebacker in Wade Phillips' new scheme. Considered an all-out player when he straps on the pads, Reed will be another player to the Texans who is a football player and loves the game.
He has been knocked in evaluations because of his stiff hips, poor footwork and the lack of burst in finishing quarterbacks off by draft analysts around the league. He has been praised for his pass rush moves and his high motor getting after the football to make plays.
Reed looks like he will be a rush outside linebacker, providing more depth to the poor pass rush displayed by the Texans in 2010. Paired with J.J. Watt, the Texans have added some players to the front 7 mix and provided much needed depth to the lineup.
The Reed pick is one that should have Texans fans excited. Seeing him at the Senior Bowl, Reed played hard on every play. I don't see why this would not translate to Sundays in the NFL. Reed will bring an excitement to the field that the Texans have lacked in years past--a hard-nosed player that flies to the football.
The culture is changing on defense as we speak, and the addition of Reed to the Texans is one that will lead to immediate results.