With the 21st pick in the Pride Of Detroit Community Mock Draft, the Washington Redskins select defensive tackle Jarran Reed. JackH is the acting general manager for Washington. Below is his rationale for the pick.
With the loss of 6-foot-3, 355-pound Terrance "Pot Roast" Knighton to free agency and the remaining options currently signed to the team at NT being the likes of 2006 sixth-round draft pick Kedric Golston and recently signed UFA Jerrell Powe, the need for one of the drafts most reliable and consistent players in the draft most certainly exists. The Washington Redskins have shown a penchant in past drafts for targeting physical players in the trenches and Jarran Reed fits that mold. He would be a great addition to a team looking to capture back-to-back NFC East titles.
Reed, at 6-foot-3 and 307 pounds with 10 ½" catcher's mitts for hands, was a force all season at Alabama and during Senior Bowl week. He absolutely dominated in the ground game. He chased down runners and shed blockers on his way to 56 tackles, 4.5 for loss, and one sack. He is a guy that can take on double teams and still make plays with his excellent ability to hold the point of attack.
There are a few knocks on Reed that may have a few Redskins fans a bit worried. He had a knucklehead moment in the summer of 2014 when he was arrested for DUI, and he is yet to prove that he can be an effective pass rush specialist, but I believe that he can overcome those issues and be a long-term productive player on an up and coming Redskins team.
Check out our 2016 POD Community Mock Draft tracker for a look at all of the picks.