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Lions add DT depth with Caraun Reid in fifth round

Posted May 10, 2014

The Lions have an open competition going for their fourth defensive tackle spot and we can throw former Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid’s name into the mix

The Lions have an open competition going for their fourth defensive tackle spot and we can throw former Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid’s name into the mix after the Lions selected him in the fourth round (158th overall) Saturday.

Caraun ReidDT Caraun Reid (Photo: AP Images)

Reid was Princeton’s first two-time All-American first-team honoree in 20 years and was a finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award after registering 26 tackles (11 for loss) and 6.5 sacks in 2013.

He just might challenge linebacker Brandon Hepburn for the highest IQ on the team, too. Hepburn spent his summer before last year’s draft in a cancer research lab and wants to one day own a biochemical company.

“I had good grades before I started playing – I didn’t start playing until high school,” said Reid. “One of those caveats was that I had to keep my grades up and I kept competing in the classroom, kept competing on the football field and Princeton liked me and I was able to get in which was, I would say, the harder of the two. It was just a blessing.

Reid started 37-of-40 games at Princeton, recording 168 tackles (75 solos) with 20.5 sacks and 41 tackles for loss.

He’s quick off the ball and even played outside in passing situations. After a terrific Senior Bowl in January, Reid was on a lot of teams’ radar, including the Lions.

“I love competing and especially being able to be in a place where you’re competing against people who might doubt your abilities,” Reid said of the week in Mobile. “That drove me far more than I’ve been doing in my life. People who doubted who I was because of me coming from a small school, me coming from Princeton, and not being able to play against ‘high-level’ competition. That was a lot of fun.

Ndamukong Suh, Nick Fairley and C.J. Mosley are each headed into the final year of their contract’s in 2014, so Reid can bust into the league as a rotational player this year and potentially have an even bigger role in the future.

“I actually watched some of them, their film this offseason, just watching them go to work,” Reid said. “I know Ndamukong (Suh) is always great and is just a great physical player. I’ve always admired his play, as well as Nick’s (Fairley). So yeah, it’s an unbelievable opportunity to be able to play with them and learn from them and be a part of that unit.”