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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: EDGE Gabe Reid

  • The Draft Network
  • January 31, 2021
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Gabe Reid aligned as an OLB/EDGE defender for the Cardinal defense. He plays with average reactive athleticism with regards to his agility and body control. Against the run, he has limited effectiveness. He lacks the ideal length and power at the point of attack you’d ideally want in an edge defender. He shows limited pass rush ability on the edge and gives little value in that regard. He projects as an average special teams player due to his coverage speed, avoidability, and tackling ability in space. 

Ideal Role: PUDFA/developmental player.

Scheme Fit: 4-3 scheme only.


Written by Drae Harris

Games watched: Arizona (2019), Oregon (2019), Oregon (2020)

Best Game Studied: Oregon (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Arizona (2019)

First-Step Explosion: He demonstrates less than ideal explosion off the edge, as evidenced in his get-off and initial quickness. 

Flexibility: He has average flexibility on the edge, as evidenced in his ability to bend and get the corner as a rusher.

Hand Counters: He needs to improve his pass rush moves overall, particularly his ability to use his hands. This would make him more effective and make up for his lack of athleticism. 

Hand Power: He needs to improve the overall power in his hands, so that he can disengage quicker when stronger, longer linemen have gotten on top of him.

Run Defending: He projects as a below-average run defender. Based on his lack of true length on the edge and his playside ability to defend the run.

Effort: There is nothing glaringly deficient in his effort. He plays hard and perseveres to get to the football. 

Football IQ: He plays with good football IQ, as evidenced by his ability to leverage the mesh point on the edge against read-option teams. 

Lateral Mobility: He plays with average lateral mobility, as demonstrated in his agility to get through trash and to the football. 

Functional Strength: He needs to improve his functional strength to be an effective defender on the edge. 

Versatility: He lacks true versatility based on his skill set. He is best suited to play as a 4-3 OLB.


TDN Consensus: To Be Determined

Drae Harris: 65/100

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