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Caraun Reid scouting report

A look at Detroit Lions fifth-round pick Caraun Reid and how he fits into the team's plans in 2014.

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To wrap up the 2014 NFL Draft, we are going to take an in-depth look at each Detroit Lions pick. Next up is Caraun Reid.

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

Random fact

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

SB Nation:

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.

CBS Sports:

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.



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.

Previously: TE Eric Ebron, OLB Kyle Van Noy, C Travis Swanson, CB Nevin Lawson, DE Larry Webster

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