With Ezekiel Elliott still on the board, and the New York Giants picking at number 10, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should be getting calls from teams like the Miami Dolphins who have a need at the running back position.
If the Bucs hear an offer they like, they should have no problem moving down 2-5 spots in exchange for added picks, but if not they’ll find good talent at number nine anyway.
Jarran Reed from Alabama is a defensive tackle by trade and a versatile lineman by talent. He was featured on the Crimson Tide defense as both a 3-4 defensive end and nose tackle depending on the situation.
How this translates to Tampa’s expected 4-3 base is as an over/under nose tackle or as an even line interior lineman to go with All-Pro Gerald McCoy. In 3-4 sets, the Bucs can place him over center or use him outside opposite of free-agent acquisition Robert Ayers Jr.
No matter how they want to use him, he should be successful, and Jarran Reed will be just one reason the Buccaneers’ defensive line sees great improvement from 2015-2016.
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