Caraun Reid
DT #97
Bronx, NY
TOTAL 33 36 28 8 3 0 2 0 0 0 -- 0
2016 SD 7 5 5 0 1 0 1 -- -- -- -- --
2015 DET 14 29 23 6 2 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
2014 DET 12 2 0 2 0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- --

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A sturdy defensive tackle at 6-2, 306 pounds, Reid joined the Lions defensive line as a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and only the 14th player in Princeton history ever to be drafted in the NFL.


  • Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (158th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

A sturdy defensive tackle at 6-2, 306 pounds, Reid joined the Lions defensive line as a fifth-round draft pick in 2014 and only the 14th player in Princeton history ever to be drafted in the NFL.

2015: Performed well in his second NFL season, earning a rotational role along the Lions defensive line. Finished the season with 29 tackles (23 solo), two sacks (12 yards) and one fumble returned for a touchdown.

  • Inactive in Week 1 at San Diego (9/13) and Week 2 at Minnesota (9/20).
  • Saw action at DT in his first game of the 2015 season in Week 3 vs. Denver (9/27). Assisted on one tackle and was a part of a defensive line that held the Denver Broncos to a total of 41 rushing yards on the ground.
  • On Monday Night Football in Week 4 at Seattle (10/5), Reid changed the momentum of the game in the fourth quarter when S James Ihedigbo punched the ball out of Seahawks QB Russell Wilson hand, which resulted in Reid’s 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown. Both the fumble recovery and touchdown marked career firsts for Reid.
  • Earned his first career NFL start at DT in Week 5 vs. Arizona (10/11).
  • Started at DT in Week 6 vs. Chicago 10/18) and recorded four tackles.
  • Had a standout performance in Week 7 vs. Minnesota (10/25) with a career high six total tackles (five solo). The five solo tackles also marked a career-high in solo tackles. Also took down Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater in his first career sack, which amounted to an 11-yard loss.
  • Garnered one tackle in Week 8 at Kansas City (11/1).
  • Posted four tackles (two solo) at Green Bay (11/15). Snatched his second career sack when he downed Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Also recorded a tackle for loss and quarterback hit on the day.
  • Started at DT in Week 12 vs. Philadelphia (11/26). Notched two tackles (one solo) and was a part of a defensive line effort that helped hold the opponents rushing attack to under 70 yards for the third straight week.
  • Started at DT in Week 13 vs. Green Bay (12/3) and tallied three total tackles (two solo). Was a part of a front four that held the Green Bay Packers rushing attack to 67 yards. This feat marked the fourth consecutive game opponents were held to under 70 yards rushing and the fifth time this season.
  • Started at DT in Weeks 14-17.

2014: One of the few rookies among the Lions’ group of defensive tackles, Reid learned from two of the League’s most dominant duos in DT Nick Fairley and DT Ndamukong Suh in 2014, and provided key depth to the defensive line unit as a whole. Finished his rookie campaign with two tackles and one pass defense in the 12 games he played.

  • Entered Week 1 vs. New York Giants (9/8) in a reserve role along the defensive line and contributed in a rotational role throughout the first nine weeks of the season.
  • Saw significant playing time in Week 9 vs. Atlanta (10/26) filling in for injured DT Nick Fairley.

Started 37-of-40 games at Princeton, finishing his collegiate career with 168 tackles (75 solo), 20.5 sacks (135 yards), one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, 10 pass defenses and one interception. Also recorded seven blocked kicks and one safety during his time as a Tiger. Among active NCAA Football Championship Subdivision players, Reid placed 15th for tackle-for-loss yardage (176), as well as 11th in sacks (20.5).

  • Reid’s performance at Princeton earned him All-Ivy League honors three times in his five seasons, as he became only the fourth Tiger to do so in a career and the first since Matt Evans (1996-98).

2013: A consensus First Team All-American and unanimous First Team All-Ivy League selection, Reid, a co-captain, was a finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Award and became just the sixth player in school history to earn All-American recognition multiple times. Helped the Tigers win their 10th Ivy League title in program history, and the first since 2006. Finished the season with 26 total tackles (16 solo), 6.5 sacks, one interception and one pass defense and started in all 10 games.

  • Reid’s six sacks tied for the league-most as the Tigers ranked 17th in the nation against the run (126.5 yards per game).
  • Opened the season with a blocked kick in the team’s comeback win over Lafayette.
  • Closed out his career with a dominating performance against rival Dartmouth, tallying seven tackles and three sacks in the game.

2012: Posted 40 tackles (19 solo), 5.5 sacks (32 yards), one pass defense, one fumble recovery and three blocked kicks as a junior, earning First Team All-Ivy League honors.

  • Received Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week recognition after logging six tackles, 2.5 sacks and a safety in a 19-0 shutout of Brown.
  • Had a season-best nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, and one sack vs. Dartmouth.
  • Added a crucial blocked kick during a fourth-quarter comeback vs. Harvard.

2011: Named First Team All-Ivy League for the first time in his career, ending his redshirt sophomore season with 68 tackles (29 solo), a career-high eight sacks (47 yards) three pass defenses, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and three blocked kicks. His 68 tackles led all players in the Ivy League. Also led Princeton in tackles for loss with 16, which ranked second in the league and 17th nationally.

  • Named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking two extra points in the season finale against Dartmouth.

2010: Played in and started one game in 2010, but missed the remainder of the season due to injury.

  • Started the season opener at Lehigh and finished the game with one pass break-up.

2009: Earned the Harland “Pink” Baker Award, given to Princeton’s top defensive freshman after finishing his rookie campaign with 34 tackles (11 solo), four pass defenses and one sack.

  • Recorded at least five tackles in four-consecutive games, including six vs. Cornell and Yale, respectively.
  • Credited with his first-career sack vs. Dartmouth.

Attended Mount St. Michael (N.Y.) Academy, where he was a two-time all-league selection as a defensive lineman. As a senior and second-year team captain, Reid received all-city and all-state recognition and was the recipient of the school’s Monsignor Matthew Peters student-athlete award.

  • Majored in education with an interest in medicine at Princeton.
  • Was very involved in music growing up, performing in singing groups and making visits to music conservatories with his family.
  • Son of Claudette Palmer-Reid and Courton Reid. Father, Courton, is a bishop.


  • Tackles: 6 vs. Min 10/25/15
  • Tackles for Loss: 4 vs. Min 10/25/15
  • Fumble Recoveries: 1 at Sea 10/5/15
  • Sacks: 1 (twice) last at GB 11/15/15

Recent Articles

Recent Videos

  • Reid on the run defense in Week 14

    Posted Dec 13, 2015

    Defensive tackle Caraun Reid talks about the run defense in the 21-14 loss to the Rams.

  • Reid on his touchdown

    Posted Oct 5, 2015

    Defensive tackle Caraun Reid talks about his first touchdown and the defense's performance against the Seahawks in Week 4

  • Reid on the possibility of playing

    Posted Sep 25, 2015

    Defensive tackle Caraun Reid talks about the possibility of him seeing his first game action of the season against Denver.

  • Reid on his recovery

    Posted Aug 29, 2015

    Defensive tackle Caraun Reid talks about coming back from his injury.

  • Reid on the defensive line

    Posted Aug 10, 2015

    Defensive tackle Caraun Reid talks about how he lost some weight this off season and what to expect from the defensive line.


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