Peter King picks Jarran Reed for Denver Broncos
2016 NFL Draft: MMQB NFL insider Peter King did a first round mock draft, and selected Alabama DL Jarran Reed for the Denver Broncos…
We all love a good mock draft, and I was checking out Peter King’s mock over at SI/MMQB, and thought I would share the Denver Broncos’ pick with you all.
King projects the Broncos to stay put at the 31st overall pick in the 1st round and take Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed. Here’s his commentary on the pick.
“More of a run-stuffer than pass-rusher, but a high-production player in a demanding defense coached by the demanding Nick Saban. Had a big Senior Bowl week, proving to coaches and scouts he’ll be, minimum, a rotation player from day one on a good defensive front. “I could see him going anywhere from 11 on,” said one personnel man over the weekend. If Reed is there, I say John Elway goes for the value and solves more pressing needs later.”
Reed is indeed a good run stuffer as King notes, but he was often taken off the field in obvious passing situations while at Alabama. The Broncos aren’t necessarily in the market for a guy who can’t play on all three downs, though that’s not to say Reed simply can’t do it or is incapable of ever making an impact on third down.
He certainly has the look of a player who could come in and compete for snaps right away on the Broncos’ defensive interior, and perhaps allow them to use Sylvester Williams outside at DE in passing situations with his quickness and strength off the ball.
Whatever the case, I have been open about the fact that I love the idea of adding someone from the Alabama program as they are just coming off of an impressive National Championship run. What a better way to transition to the NFL’s championship team than having just won one in college?
It’s an interesting selection, no doubt, and would fit John Elway’s style of taking the best player available.
Paxton Lynch? King predicted the Browns would trade up into the 1st round to get him.