Meet The Seahawks Newest Player Defensive End Nick Reed

Published on April 26, 2009 by     Seahawk Fanatic

nick-reedThe heart and soul of the Ducks’ defense, Reed epitomized as a player with a constant motor who refused to be outworked by the opposition and exhibited a great passion for the game. Not only did he perform at a high level on the gridiron, he also excelled in academics. He became only the second football player at Oregon to ever earn first-team All-American honors on the field (Walter Camp Foundation) and in the classroom (ESPN the Magazine), joining Steve Barnett (offensive lineman) from 1962.

Reed set the school career record with 29.5 sacks, a number that ranks fourth in Pac-10 Conference history and 10th in the NCAA major college ranks. His 51.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage also set an Oregon all-time record and placed fourth in conference annals while ranking 14th in college football history. He registered at least one sack or tackle for loss 23 of his final 26 contests.

At Trabuco Canyon High School, Reed earned All-Orange County Region honors from the Los Angeles Times and Defensive Player of the Year accolades by the Orange County Register. He garnered first-team All-CIF Southern Section, CIF Southern Section Division II co-Defensive Player of the Year and South Coast League Defensive MVP recognition.

Reed also received votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West balloting. He was credited with 65 tackles, 10 sacks (third in the league) and two fumble recoveries as a senior.

As a true freshman, Reed appeared in 11 games as a reserve left defensive end. He collected five solo tackles with a sack and three stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also excelled on special teams, blocking a punt vs. Arizona State that he advanced 27 yards to set up an Oregon scoring drive.

In 2006, injuries on the defensive front wall thrust Reed into the starting lineup at right defensive end for the team’s final 10 contests. He ranked fourth on the team with 30 tackles (15 solos), adding 3.5 sacks and six stops behind the line of scrimmage. He also blocked an extra point vs. Washington State. At the conclusion of the season, he was named to the Academic All-Pac 10 Conference team.

Reed was the major reason Oregon led the nation in tackles for loss in 2007. The All-American second-team and All-Pac 10 Conference first-team choice also added Academic All-American honors. He started all 13 games at left end, leading the conference in both sacks and tackles for loss. His 12 sacks ranked ninth nationally while his 22.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage ranked fifth in the NCAA. He recorded 60 tackles (30 solos) and recovered a fumble.

After establishing himself as one of the elite pass rushers in the country in 2007, Reed proved in 2008 that his junior season was no fluke. He was named All-American and Academic All-American and was a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Award (nation’s top defensive end) for the second consecutive year. The All-Pac 10 Conference first-team pick again led the league and ranked fourth nationally with 13 sacks. His 20.0 stops for loss placed him tied for eighth in the NCAA, as he also led the country with five fumble recoveries. He posted 53 tackles (35 solos) and caused two fumbles.

High School

Attended Trabuco Canyon (Mission Viejo, Cal.) High School, playing football for head coach Bob Johnson…Earned All-Orange County Region honors from the Los Angeles Times and Defensive Player of the Year accolades by the Orange County Register… First-team All-CIF Southern Section, CIF Southern Section Division II co-Defensive Player of the Year and South Coast League Defensive MVP…Also received votes on the Long Beach Press-Telegram Best in the West balloting…Credited with 65 tackles, 10 sacks (third in the league) and two fumble recoveries as a senior.

Positives: Strong up top with adequate lower-body strength. … Draws chips and double teams regularly due to his high motor. … Uses his stout build to play with leverage at the point, although he does not hold his ground against helping guards. … Effective spin move inside or outside when man-up. … Uses his hands well at the point, able to punch or rip off his man or avoid running back blocks when he has the space to do it. … Varies his attack inside and outside so blockers don’t zero in on one move. … Hustles toward the quarterback, downfield and chases down the line. … Lines up on both sides of the line. … Plays on coverage units.

Negatives: Short for an edge rusher, and has little muscle definition. … Lacks the explosiveness off the snap of other undersized NFL ends. … Gets engulfed by larger offensive tackles. … Can not recover from a wide rush, allowing the quarterback to step up in the pocket. … Sacks often come against lesser tackles and when quarterback holds the ball too long. … Wears down in the fourth quarter against stronger linemen. … May be moved to linebacker, but does not have to the flexibility and change of direction agility to handle coverage responsibilities. … Gets in position to make plays in space, but lacks the quickness to finish against NFL-type backs and receivers.

Compares To: PARYS HARALSON, San Francisco — It took a few years for Haralson to acclimate to playing linebacker before emerging last season, and Reed brings the same qualities to the table. At worst, he will be an efficient edge rusher and special teams coverage defender early in his NFL career, but there is just something about him that says he has “it” to put together a pretty decent pro career, whether in the middle (his ability to react to the play and recognize blocking schemes) or at the strong-side (to take advantage of his pass rushing skills). The trick is getting him experience in pass coverage before a team can trust him as an every-down player, but he is the type of guy that can grow with a patient team, later in the draft.

Injury Report No major injuries reported

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