The Saints with their first selection of two in the first round, find an athletic, versatile beast for the team’s defense.
Reason For Selection:
The New Orleans Saints need multiple playmakers, and defense is no exception. If the Saints want to not only improve through generating pressure but also want to adequately cover offenses than Haason Reddick is the perfect athlete for them.
What Haason Reddick Brings To The Saints:
Versatility is best described on dictonary.com as being capable of many uses. Honestly, if versatility was personified, the finished product would be Temple’s hybrid edge rusher-linebacker, Haason Reddick. The athlete not only possesses traits to thrive in edge rushing situations but has the capability to cover different players, making Reddick a true threat. It’s been stressed numerous times that NFL teams look at players that can make impacts through multiple positions, and a dual impact player such as Reddick could be just what the New Orleans Saints are looking for.
During his time in Temple, Reddick was both utilized as a linebacker and defensive linemen. In his four years with the team, Reddick accumulated 149 tackles, (99 solo tackles), 17.5 sacks, 47 tackles for a loss, 1 interception, 5 passes defended against, 4 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries. Like his former college team, Haason Reddick would absolutely help to improve any struggling defense. People alike can’t get over the ability Reddick possesses to not only drop into coverage but to generate pressure as a defender. As a whole expect these talents, and abilities to provide a unique element to any defense, especially the Saints.
When I watch Haason Reddick, all I can say is I’m amazed, and I’m personally sure others will be too. Naysayers right now are concerned with the ideal size of Reddick and his true transition to the linebacker position, but I truly believe his athleticism, versatility, speed, and explosiveness will allow Reddick to succeed. There is an obvious reason Reddick is arguably the second best linebacker right now in this draft folks.
Impact Reddick Could Have In New Orleans:
If Reddick is drafted by the Saints, expect the athlete to be used as a situational defensive end, as he slowly learns the kinks of being a true NFL linebacker. My initial guess would be to expect Reddick if drafted in a Dannell Ellerbe role. This role would generally consist of someone athletic to not only make tackles, and stop passes, but to also generate some form of pass rush. Either way Saints fans, if this is who the Saints end up selecting with their first overall selection, it’s a win for New Orleans.
With the 32nd pick in the 1st round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints select …