2011 NFL Mock Draft: Brooks Reed Is a Character Pick to Fill a Need at DE for GB
Brooks Reed both fills a need for the Super Bowl Champions and adds to the strong culture of hard work
Some projections have the 6'2", 263-pound DE going higher, but this spot is proper for his rating and ranking among players at his position.
Reed is known for his hard-working, hard-nosed style and consistently high effort. His athleticism and persistence makes him elite in the pass rush, where he mixes speed with power. He's not as good against the run because offensive linemen tend to overwhelm him with size. When he does have opportunities to tackle, he typically wraps up very well.
He has shown the potential to play as a rush linebacker in the NFL because of his initial quickness and nasty streak as he moves toward the trenches. While aggressive, Reed shows excellent discipline in coverage.
Reed plays similar to Packer linebackers A.J. Hawk and Clay Matthews, who have had great success early in their careers with Green Bay's style.
1. Blaine Gabbert, QB 17. Da'Quan Bowers, DE
2. Marcell Dareus, DT 18. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE
3. Von Miller, OLB 19. Akeem Ayers, OLB
4. Julio Jones, WR 20. Cameron Jordan, DE
5. Cam Newton, QB 21. Gabe Carimi, OT
6. A.J. Green, WR 22. Nate Solder, OT
7. Patrick Peterson, CB 23. Jimmy Smith, CB
8. Prince Amukamara, CB 24. Corey Liuget, DT
9. Tyron Smith, OT 25. Jake Locker, QB
10. Robert Quinn, DE/OLB 26. Brandon Harris, CB
11. J.J. Watt, DE 27. Adrian Clayborn, DE
12. Anthony Castonzo, OT 28. Mark Ingram, RB
13. Aldon Smith, DE 29. Stephen Paea, DT
14. Nick Fairley, DT 30. Cameron Heyward, DE
15. Mike Pouncey, C/OG 31. Aaron Williams, CB
16. Ryan Kerrigan, DE 32. Brooks Reed, DE
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