A closer look: DT Caraun Reid

Posted May 10, 2014

Tim Twentyman and Mike O'Hara share their thoughts on the Lions' fifth-round selection of defensive tackle Caraun Reid

Round 5, pick 158

DT, Caraun Reid, Princeton

DT, 6-2, 302, 4.91

College career: An extremely productive player who amassed 20 sacks over the last three seasons. He was a finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award in 2013 after registering 26 tackles (11 for loss) and 6.5 sacks. A team captain, he was just the second Princeton player ever to be invited to the Senior Bowl.

Scouts quote from “Very quick off the ball. Disruptive shooting gaps and working half a blocker. Active and energetic -- feet are always running. Plays hard and competes. Very good sack production from the interior (20.5 career sacks). Good intelligence. Is very young (entered college as 17-year-old freshman) and still growing into his body -- has physical upside. Good length and hand-eye coordination -- seven career blocked kicks. Tends to stand straight up, negating his quickness and power out of the gate. Durability issues have crept up throughout his career.

Mike O’Hara’s take: The combination of quickness and production – especially 20 sacks the last three seasons – show he has the potential to be a rotation player on the interior of the defensive line. The Ivy League isn’t the proving ground for defensive linemen, but they shouldn’t be excluded, either. Reid could fit the Lions’

Tim Twentyman’s take: He’s quicker than he is powerful, which is why he registered so many sacks in college. He showed the same kind of quickness at the Senior Bowl against tougher competition. He's a penetrator in the middle, much like Nick Fairley. He gives the Lions some options and depth along their front four. A very solid fifth-round pick.