The potential loss of Henry Melton in free agency is reason enough for the Chicago Bears to target defensive tackles in the draft. Sure, there are “stop gap” one-year deal guys that could come in and help out for a season. But the Bears need more than that, they need defensive linemen they can count on and build around for the future. Enter Princeton’s Caruan Reid, he will be available for Chicago in the later rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft. Most fans probably have not heard of, or seen any film of Reid. He dominated for the Tigers in Ivy League play, but most fans know nothing about him. Here’s a look at what the tape shows for Reid.
Reid is smaller in size compared to his peers in the draft class, but his effort and motor are top-notch. Reid is relentless when given the opportunity to freelance as a pass rusher. Despite his relatively small size for a defensive tackle, he can be successful as a run stopper. He displayed strong vision in reading where the play was designed to attack, he is one of the better defensive linemen in the draft in terms of vision. Reid projects as a backup defensive tackle in his first season or two, with the potential to blossom into a good starter.
His value as a late round prospect is what makes him a great option for the Bears in the draft. Chicago will be looking to spend most, if not all, selections in the draft on defense and Reid’s value late will make him a hard option to pass up.