First Round – Pick #27 (acquired from Green Bay)
Jarran Reed – DE/DT – Alabama
6’3” – 307
TRADE – The Packers offered the Texans their 1st (27) and their 3rd (88) to trade up. With a number of good players on the board that interest the Texans, and the Packers looking to move up to get that last of the top 4 offensive tackles, it’s too good of an offer to pass up.
At pick 27, Jarran Reed falling to that spot is simply perfect for the Texans. The defensive end spot vacated by Jared Crick is perhaps the most immediate hole that the Texans need to fill and may be the only place where a rookie could be asked to start from day 1. Reed fills this need and is the best player on the board at this point.
Reed was dominant at this year’s Senior Bowl and stood out among a strong and deep class of defensive lineman. He has a strong motor and does not give up on plays, often running down running backs as he continues to pursue. He’s a player that can help in run defense, provide some moderate pass rush and slide inside in the nickel and dime sub packages on passing downs with J.J. Watt, allowing Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus to rush from the outside.
Others on the board to consider:
DE/DT Vernon Butler (Louisiana Tech), C Ryan Kelly (Alabama), S Karl Joseph (West Virginia), WR Will Fuller (Notre Dame)
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