2011 NFL Draft Results: The Houston Texans Select Outside Linebacker Brooks Reed

Jake LangenkampCorrespondent IIIApril 29, 2011

The newest member of the Houston Texans is Brooks Reed after being selected 42nd in the 2011 NFL Draft.  Reed was a defensive end at the University of Arizona, but he will play outside linebacker for the Texans.

My initial impression is that I don’t like this pick, but I don't hate it either.  I think that Reed is a good talent but benefited greatly from the hype he created for himself at the Senior Bowl and the combine.  He is a Texans-type of player though, just as J.J. Watt is.

Reed has drawn a lot of comparisons to outside linebacker Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers who many thought the Texans would draft in 2009.  This would not happen, however, as Matthews’ teammate from USC Brian Cushing was taken instead.  Reed does not have Matthews' talent though.

The bottom line is that the Texans love Reed because of his motor; he is a guy that doesn’t stop working on the field.  My concern though is that the Texans just drafted a rush specialist who tallied 17 sacks over a four-year collegiate career.

Reed will play outside linebacker on the strong side opposite of a hopefully healthy Connor Barwin.  I also wouldn't be shocked to see the Texans add more depth at linebacker in the draft but probably not until at least Round 4 or 5.

What is your opinion about Brooks Reed?  Let your opinion be known in the comments or hit me up on twitter (@JakeBRB).

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