Brooks Reed Works out for Patriots

Brooks Reed NFL Draft

Can Brooks Reed fit in the Patriots 3-4 system?

Brooks Reed, former Arizona defensive end, worked out for the Patriots, according to Chris Price of WEEI.

Reed has been a hot name for teams looking to add a pass rusher, especially teams that run the 3-4 defense. Reed played at end in Arizona, but his 6’3″/263 frame leads to most pundits projecting him as an outside linebacker.

After a decent season at Arizona, and a great showing at the Senior Bowl, Reed began climbing up draft boards after an impressive workout at the NFL Combine. A 4.65 forty, 30 reps on the bench press, and absurd quickness times led some scouts to believe he can make the transition to linebacker.

We remain skeptical, however, at least with respect to his ability to play in the Patriots’ system. Reed is not adept at shedding blocks, nor has he shown coverage ability as of yet.

We’d love to pick him in the late 2nd round, but it is rather unlikely that he’ll make it out of the first 40 picks.

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12 Responses to “Brooks Reed Works out for Patriots”

  1. Common Cent$ says:

    I’ve seen this guy go from a 4/5 rder before the Senior Bowl to a high 2nd rder or low 1st rder. The tape on him is nothing special unless you watch the one above which most likely includes all of his 17 career sacks. I agree with rd63: 2-60 at best.

  2. rdf63 says:

    Reed is a tough call and has fluctuated from as high as 24th pick to early 3rd round. In four seasons with the Arizona had 107 tackles and 17 sacks but no forced fumbles or interceptions. Good pass rusher but questionable versatility. He would be a very good fit with #60 pick.

  3. Zach says:

    Brooks Reed has always been high on my list for the Pats to draft. Recently everyone has been catching up. This guy is legit… All Clay Matthews references aside, this guy plays. I think Hoodie will take him under his wing and make this guy put out at least 8 sacks his rookie year.

  4. Bill S says:

    He’ another option for 2nd round OLB pick. Him, Jabal Sheard, Martez Wilson, might allow Pats to take a RB early, trade down to midlle of 2nd, and still get a solid OLB
    I could see Pats take a DE at 17, trade 28, ,and go RB or OG at 33.

  5. Jared says:

    No way they take this kid, great measurables, stiff hips, not that great of football player.

  6. bledsoes_ghost says:

    Whether the guy is munching on HGH or not, he’s got a motor and a good nose for the ball. I know highlights reels only unveil the “highlights” but there is a great shot of him knocking Mark Sanchez’s jock off at USC, for all you crazy hating jets fans. He may not work in BB’s system but he could be worth a shot and god forbid the Packers got him working with Clay Matthews… Cause quite frankly Reed and Matthews would be wreaking havoc on the field and beating people up for using there hair care products.

    Much Respect

    Link to Reed’s reel, bringing you into the weekend. For fast forwarding purposes, minute mark 1:04 is Sanchez getting leveled:

  7. TD says:

    While you never can tell w/BB, he usually does not use a high pick on a DE/OLB conversion player. I think Cunningham was the highest.

  8. Waldoon says:

    Reed wasn’t even the most productive DE on his team. He’s a guy that’s emerged for his measurables since the Bowl Season ended. Two months ago he’s a 3-4 rounder. No way I’m drafting this guy with 17,28, or 33.

    • John M says:

      You’re right. He should go somewhere between the middle of the 2nd round and the end(64th pick).

  9. TomDickHarry says:

    How pissed will everyone be if they pass on Reed who has eerily similar qualities to Matthews……..of course Reed would have to start eating some HGH before tearing up the next level.

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