Despite owning one of the NFL‘s top defensive tackle duos, the Detroit Lions opted to add another young defensive tackle to that rotation with Princeton‘s Caraun Reid in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Reid, a 6-foot-2, 302-pound defensive tackle, plays the game with unique athleticism for a man his size. His ability to move sideline-to-sideline is like no other, which is why he fits in well with Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley in Detroit.
Reid is very quick off the football and uses his quickness to explode into the backfield and disrupt the offensive play call. His motor never stops, and he is an effort player giving 100 percent effort on every single play. He is a very smart young player who, due to his ability to explode off the football, is a sack master, collecting 21 career collegiate sacks from the defensive tackle position.
Reid needs to work on staying low and using his power and explosion to his advantage against professional level offensive linemen. He needs to work on getting stronger and fixing his technique on how to properly take on a double or triple team at the next level. He also needs to work on getting himself healthy and in the best shape possible to succeed.
Reid will struggle during his rookie season to see the field as Suh and Fairley are entrenched as the starting defensive tackles for Detroit with seasoned veteran CJ Mosley likely remaining as the No. 3 defensive tackle off the bench to spell either player. That being said, Reid should see some snaps this season on passing downs due to his motor and ability to shoot-the-gap to make a play in the backfield.