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This pick is for those of you that think the Browns really missed the boat with Clay Matthews. He plays like a Matthews, he certainly looks like a Matthews, but alas he does not come from the Matthews family.
Casey Matthews is not going to be be anywhere near as productive as his brother. Casey may make a serviceable linebacker somewhere, however, Reed would give the Browns a truly terrifying pass rusher off the edge.
At 6' 3", and 265 lbs, Brooks Reed plays slightly lighter than Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers or North Carolina pass rusher Robert Quinn, but he's not lacking in the talent department. While he played OLB at Arizona, he is more than capable of being a presence on the edge in a 4-3 defense.
He's very raw, to say the least, but his arsenal of incredible balance (he rarely hits the ground, if at all) speed (faster 10-yard split and 3 cone drill than both Robert Quinn and Da'Quan Bowers) and strength (30 total bench reps, higher than both Quinn and Bowers at 22) makes him a late first-round guy with the potential to have an even better NFL career that either of those two guys.
However, because he is so raw, there is going to be some growing pains. Reed is going to have to be in the league a few years before he reaches to his full potential, similar to Clay Matthews when he was drafted.
However, there's little doubt he'd be working with two very experienced defensive minds in Dick Jauron and Ray Rhodes, and what we can only hope is a very good defensive line coach. This guy could easily put the mean in the defense, and Lord knows we need it.