Green Bay Packers- DT Jarran Reed (Alabama)
The Pack lost an anchor along their defensive line this offseason as nose tackle BJ Raji decided to retire from the NFL. Raji played six seasons with the Packers after being drafted 9th overall in the 2009 draft from Boston College. Green Bay ranked 21st in the league last season allowing 119 rush yards per contest. Raji’s retirement leaves a hole up front for the Packers where Josh Boyd, Letroy Guion, and Mike Daniels are currently listed as the starters. Jarran Reed from Alabama has a lot of similarities to Raji with his raw power and ability to command double teams. Reed is considered to be a run-down specialist by scouts and the numbers played that out in college. In two seasons with the Crimson Tide, Reed produced 108 tackles despite only playing 55 percent of the total defensive snaps. On the flip side he’s not going to contribute much on passing downs as an effective rusher. This is the main concern in regards to Reed ultimately being selected in the first round. Green Bay has used their past four first round selections on the defensive side of the ball and I expect the trend to continue in 2016. The Packers may be a candidate to move up in the first round if they feel one of the other defensive tackles fit their scheme better than Reed. Reed can boost the Packers run defense instantly and would be a solid addition for Dom Capers.