1st round, pick 18: Haason Reddick LB/EDGE, Temple
Everyone talks about Reddick as a future inside linebacker, which makes a lot of sense. However, he had a pretty outstanding year this year as a pass rusher.
In 2016 he ended up topping 10 sacks and 22 TFLs thanks to his top end explosive ability and his relentless effort. If he were to join the Tennessee Titans in a role similar to Brian Orakpo, he could potential duplicate this success in the NFL.
However, at least for now like a reverse Clay Matthews, he could start his career at inside linebacker. There he could rely on his top end athleticism and range to find the ball and track sideline to sideline.
In a defense like Dick LeBeau’s, he could have a similar career path to someone like Lawrence Timmons who only had one season in his 9-year career as a starter where he failed to either rack up more than 100 tackles, or tally 5 or more sacks.
A rangy enforcer who can cover sideline to sideline, rush the passer and drop back into coverage is what the Tennessee Titans need. Maybe they can get that here.