NFL Draft 2011: Is Brooks Reed a Reach for Baltimore Ravens?
Baltimore Ravens Could Grab Brooks Reed at 26, but it Could be a Stretch
The Baltimore Ravens are looking for a pass rusher with their first overall pick, most likely. Cameron Heyward, Ryan Kerrigan, and others have been tossed around as possibilities, with Heyward being the frontrunner.
Another possibility that has not really been discussed is Brooks Reed. Originally projected as a second-round pick, this pass rusher has begun slipping into the first round with comparisons to Clay Matthews. Is he a good fit for the Ravens?
He could fit in great on the opposite side of Terrell Suggs, and has been compared to Jarret Johnson. However, the main knock against him is that he has a low ceiling, so all the grooming in Baltimore probably won't help him much.
Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun said this of Brooks Reed, which sounds about right: "There’s no question that Reed would improve the defense. But some would say drafting Reed at No. 26 is too high for a prospect who has limited upside."
In short, I don't see the Ravens drafting Reed because I don't think he would be the best player on the board at number 26. The Ravens don't draft for need, so it would not make much sense for them to reach and select him.
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