DT Caraun Reid (Princeton) - Round 5, Pick No. 158
In the fifth round, the Lions continued their run on defensive players by adding Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid. Defensive tackle may not be a need in the short term, but most of the players at that position are set to become free agents next year. By taking Reid, the Lions gave themselves a defensive tackle to develop for the future, and he could potentially contribute this year as extra depth.
Height: 6-foot-2 | Weight: 302 pounds
2009: 34 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 4 PD
2011: 68 tackles, 16.0 TFL, 8.0 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 3 PD, 3 blocked kicks
2012: 40 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 PD, 3 blocked kicks
2013: 26 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 blocked kick
Reid was a captain at Princeton, and he comes from a pretty impressive family. His father is a bishop, school principal and psychologist, and his mother is a clinical hematologist, minister and licensed educator. He's also got two brothers, one of whom is working toward a PhD at the University of Michigan. Reid's other brother is currently in the Bronx getting his second master's degree.
What the experts are saying
At the Senior Bowl, Reid proved he can hang with a higher level of competition. There he showed a good first step and the ability to excel working a single gap. For an interior lineman, Reid has a good array of pass rush moves at his disposal. Doesn't handle double teams particularly well.
A quick, agile, tilted nose who is effective slanting and stunting and working his way into the backfield. Has kicked outside in passing situations and has the tools to pique the interest of aggressive, one-gapping, 3-4 fronts such as the Jets, Steelers or Ravens as a five-technique. Developmental talent with raw traits to mold.
COMPARES TO: Dwan Edwards, Carolina Panthers - Like Edwards (6-3, 305), Reid possesses a short, squatty frame and the combination of burst and power to quickly earn a spot in a team's rotation in the middle. He has starred against questionable competition and may not possess an elite upside but due to his technique and dedication, Reid is surprisingly pro-ready.
Reid is an excellent value at this point in the draft. He's a disruptive 3-technique who has the quick hands and feet to make an early impact rushing the passer. He can get engulfed in the run game, but he played with better pad level last year than he did in 2012 and is capable of making plays in the backfield.
- Reid vs. Cornell (2013)
- Reid vs. Georgetown (2012)
- Interview at 2014 Senior Bowl
- Interview for 2014 CFPA FCS Awards
- Interview for 2013 CFPA FCS Awards
- Interview on All-Nighter with David Drew
Outlook for 2014
The Lions have plenty of veteran depth at defensive tackle, so there's no guarantee that Reid will make the 53-man roster. If he does, he will likely see occasional snaps as the fourth or fifth defensive tackle in the rotation, but he could be poised for a bigger role if any injuries happen. Also, he could be used as a weapon on special teams considering he blocked 7 kicks in college.