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EVERYTHING RAMS 2019 NFL Draft profile: Nevada EDGE Malik Reed

April 13, 2019 10:28AM
EVERYTHING RAMS 2019 NFL Draft profile: Nevada EDGE Malik Reed

The Los Angeles Rams continue to look at edge rushers in the 2019 NFL Draft. The Rams have shown an ability to draft and develop prospects under veterans on short deals. Malik Reed of Nevada would be a solid addition to the team. He has some versatility and traits that make him an enticing player. Reed met with the Rams for a top 30 visit on March 19.

2018: 77 tackles, 51 solo, 15.5 for loss, 8 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries, 4 forced fumbles.

Career: 203 tackles, 134 solo, 38.5 for loss, 22 sacks, 2 pass deflections, 2 fumble recoveries, 11 forced fumbles.

Honors: 1st team All-Mountain West (2018), Team Captain (2018), 1st team All-Mountain West (2017), All-Mountain West Academic Honors (2017), Nevada’s Hustle Award (2017), 2nd team All-Mountain West (2016), Outstanding Defensive Player Award (2016), Defensive Full Speed Effort Award (2016), All-Mountain West Academic Honors (2015).

Reed has a great first step. He is able to bend the edge in order to get to the quarterback. Reed is a workhorse and plays with a ton of effort. He makes a lot of plays happen due to his second effort. He takes solid angles in pursuit of the ball. Reed shows good instincts as well. His quickness almost always initiates first contact.

He can be used as a movement piece in multiple fronts. Reed played with his hand in the dirt for three years before playing more off-ball linebacker his senior year. He has the ability to drop into coverage, although he is inexperienced in that area. Reed does a good job of using speed to set up rush moves. He shows an ability to form a rush plan. Already uses a spin and rip move in his arsenal.

Reed is not an elite athlete minus his three-cone time of 6.89 seconds during his Nevada Pro Day. He needs to be used as a movement piece since his frame is not built for a full-time starter at this time. Weight listed anywhere from 234 to 250 pounds. Reed has some pass rush moves in his repertoire, but he needs to greatly improve his hand usage when fighting off blockers. Also, he will likely struggle in the NFL against the run due to his frame if he can’t bulk up. Reed might not ever be a full-time starter in the NFL. He does have versatility as an off-ball linebacker in the middle and outside, but it is not his best fit.

Although Reed is a limited athlete, his three-cone timing will entice teams. His tape does back his impressive timing. He is a quick twitch athlete that will beat offensive linemen off the snap. His pass rush moves will allow him to have some success as a pass rusher if he improves his hand usage. He will struggle against the run, however, he is not afraid to stick his nose in for tackles. Versatility in coverage, pass rush and experience as an off-ball linebacker allows a team to move him around to give him good matchups. Reed should be a fourth or fifth round prospect. I think he has value. If he can put on some weight and get stronger without losing anything in his bend, he could develop into a starter down the road.

Marquis Haynes, Olivier Vernon

Sources: University of Nevada, Rams Wire, Sports Reference

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2019 NFL Draft Interview: Presenting Malik Reed, Nevada’s star pass rusher

Meet the sleeper EDGE rusher who picked up steam at the NFLPA Bowl
By Nick Farabaugh@FarabaughFB Feb 26, 2019, 2:05pm EST

When looking for pass rushers, this class is extremely deep and robust in that aspect. There is a dynamic top and even dynamic depth.

Day 3, at EDGE specifically, you look for those gems that can turn into good football players. Malik Reed is one of those players that many draftniks are on after his fantastic week at the NFLPA game.

Reed sat down with Behind the Steel Curtain to give us an in-depth view of the player he is and what type of player the Steelers will be getting if they draft him.

Nick: You recently competed at the NFLPA game and you were a huge standout. How was that experience?

MR: It was a great experience. I was competing against some of the best players nation. To have that opportunity was incredible. I also learnt a ton from the coaches there who have been doing this stuff for a long time. I retained information I was taught there and I’m going forward with it.

Nick: You met with 16 teams at the NFLPA bowl, what do you hope you left them?

MR: I hope they got an understanding of who I was. Scouts asked me in depth questions about what type of person and player I was and I wanted to relay myself accurately to them. I wanted to show a guy who will be a team player and boost a team. I really wanted them to see that I had the ability to work hard and improve each and every day.

Nick: As a DE who turned into an OLB this year, how do you think those are different?

MR: It depends on the scheme. I was usually on the edge. As a DE it is more reactionary, it is all in your face. You can see everything better. Being an OLB, if you walk down the ball it isn’t that different aside from using more bend around the edge. Being off ball was the biggest challenge. I had to read the stances and process things longer. Learning coverage was also a challenge. I never had to move in space like that and cover these guys, but I got better at it throughout the season. As I did it, I felt like I did a good job.

Nick: If a team asked you to play a hybrid role with OBL in it, what would you say to that?

MR: I am welcome to whatever the coaches want me to do. If that means playing at a spot that I am less comfortable at, so be it. No matter how small the role, I want to play and I’ll do what I can to make an impact and I’ll be willing to sit, learn, and go out there to execute.

Nick: You have an insane first step. What goes into having that fantastic break off the ball?

MR: The weight room and the football field meet there. I worked on my explosion and quickness and not being satisfied with where I am. You always have to improve even your strengths and I focus on explosiveness and quickness a lot. I also try to improve with timing snaps and reading stances so I can play that fast.

Nick: With leverage and your hands, you use it well. Your hands are violent, explain how you use your hands on every play?

MR: It is a combat of going one-on-one with an Offensive Lineman. The coaches have told me you have to be great with your hands in order to be great. You know, you see elite pass rusher and they are great with their hands. Every guy you go up against is different and you have to watch the tape for tendencies. You are gonna have to defeat him with counters and see where he is trying to strike. I have to be quicker and shrug him off. So, the more moves I have, the better.

Nick: Bend was apparent in your game. How did you develop such amazing bend?

MR: After doing drills like the hoop drill and from going at the passer at DE, the bend was naturally already there. I kept working the same things and I did it on my own to keep it sharp. Beating tackles and bending, that’s half the battle, and I’m looking to really get to the QB. I want to finish the job, not just pressure him.

Nick: At your pro day, what do you wanna show scouts?

MR: I want to show them I can run, move well in space, jump well, and show that I can move at OLB. I want all that athletic testing to really be solid. But most importantly, I want to be clean in my drops and answer all questions about my coverage ability.

Nick: Where are you most comfortable at right now, DE or OLB?

MR: I am comfortable with either. I have gotten snaps all around, but from feedback I have received, the NFL sees me as a SAM 4-3 ILB that can rush the passer, but can drop back in coverage as well. I have a ton of experience working against lineman obviously. That’s why I feel comfortable rushing the passer, but I feel like I can drop into coverage as well. Besides, the more versatile you are, the more valuable you are. So I’m working hard on it all.

Nick: What is the biggest part of your game you’re working on?

MR: Coverage for sure. I need to be more comfortable with my drops and moving in space. Understanding zones and reading the QBs eyes is still coming to me.

Nick: If a team drafts Malik Reed, what type of player will they be getting?

MR: They are going to get somebody that is ready to play and a guy that is ready to work. I want to be successful and accomplish everything that I have dreamed of accomplishing. I want to help make the team successful and use my gifts that God gave me to be successful. Any team that drafts me is going to get a relentless worker who is going to a team player. I want to improve myself and my team.


  Deadpool's 2019 Big Board

Deadpool1125April 10, 2019 06:13PM

  Re: Deadpool's 2019 Big Board

Rams43194April 10, 2019 06:23PM

  About the first round cut off.

Deadpool168April 11, 2019 06:51AM

  Re: About the first round cut off.

Rams43130April 11, 2019 07:14AM

  Thanks so much, DP!

brgjoe121April 10, 2019 10:29PM

  That was a Great List

David Deacon111April 11, 2019 01:15AM

  I think WRs and RBs esp. get pushed down

Deadpool115April 11, 2019 06:59AM

  Re: I think WRs and RBs esp. get pushed down

merlin91April 15, 2019 02:07PM


Ramboni160April 11, 2019 03:02AM

  part of what's great about this...

LMU93159April 11, 2019 04:10AM

  I agree, and I touched on what you are talking about in a reply to 43

Deadpool157April 11, 2019 07:12AM

  let the draft come to them

LMU93108April 11, 2019 07:21AM

  Re: I agree, and I touched on what you are talking about in a reply to 43

Rams43100April 11, 2019 07:41AM

  Re: I agree, and I touched on what you are talking about in a reply to 43

David Deacon115April 11, 2019 08:04AM

  Re: I agree, and I touched on what you are talking about in a reply to 43

Rams4387April 11, 2019 08:12AM

  Ok, since you asked nicely, lol

Deadpool124April 11, 2019 09:06AM

  Re: Ok, since you asked nicely, lol

Rams43118April 11, 2019 09:30AM

  Re: Ok, since you asked nicely, lol

dzrams107April 11, 2019 10:57AM

  There are basically 2 34 Ends in the top 40ish

Deadpool139April 11, 2019 11:44AM

  Re: dazzling insight, dude

leafnose104April 11, 2019 12:16PM

  Re: dazzling insight, dude

OzRam61April 12, 2019 04:19AM

  Re: Ok, since you asked nicely, lol

David Deacon80April 11, 2019 04:15PM

  This tells me the Rams will sit tight at 31

RockRam200April 11, 2019 04:20AM

  Couldn't agree more

Deadpool185April 11, 2019 07:15AM

  Re: Couldn't agree more.....Hilarious Deadpool!!!!!

oldschoolramfan132April 11, 2019 08:42AM

  Hey, I need views, it feeds my ego, so keep clicking...lol

Deadpool118April 11, 2019 09:23AM

  Re: Deadpool's 2019 Big Board

leafnose160April 11, 2019 05:07AM

  Gardner-Johnson is an interesting prospect, a woods - K. Johnson comp.

Deadpool114April 11, 2019 07:55AM

  Man, I wish I still had "an oily lower half"...;)

SunTzu_vs_Camus136April 11, 2019 05:14AM

  About the "oily" comment

Deadpool161April 11, 2019 06:44AM

  Re: About the "oily" comment

oldschoolramfan95April 11, 2019 08:47AM

  u kidding?! I LOVED it!!!!

SunTzu_vs_Camus112April 11, 2019 08:49AM

  One helluva job!

PaulButcher59136April 11, 2019 09:36AM

  Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

cool_hand_luke90April 11, 2019 12:54PM

  Excellent list. As expected good sir.

alyoshamucci127April 11, 2019 03:31PM

  three words

ferragamo79139April 11, 2019 04:57PM

  Addendum ... compare contrast

alyoshamucci160April 11, 2019 05:09PM

  Re: Austin Bryant

leafnose115April 11, 2019 05:57PM

  And then...they put him under the microscope

Deadpool148April 11, 2019 06:40PM

  Malik Reed

cool_hand_luke146April 11, 2019 06:48PM

  PFF, Josh Norris & The Athletic on Reed via Rotoworld

Rams Junkie84April 13, 2019 10:20AM

  Re: PFF, Josh Norris & The Athletic on Reed via Rotoworld

cool_hand_luke64April 13, 2019 11:32AM

  Re: PFF, Josh Norris & The Athletic on Reed via Rotoworld

cool_hand_luke61April 13, 2019 11:37AM

  That is interesting, good catch, better 3 cone than Bosa

Rams Junkie121April 14, 2019 11:13AM

  EVERYTHING RAMS 2019 NFL Draft profile: Nevada EDGE Malik Reed

Rams Junkie121April 13, 2019 10:28AM

  Hard to argue with the master

Deadpool149April 11, 2019 07:16PM

  Re: Hard to argue with the master

alyoshamucci129April 12, 2019 09:17AM

  There are a ton of nice draft and develop CBs this year

Deadpool122April 12, 2019 09:40AM

  Re: I'm speechless

RamsFanSinceLA132April 12, 2019 02:47PM

  Re: I'm speechless...Outstanding right?

BumRap55April 15, 2019 11:52AM

  Re: I'm speechless...Outstanding right?

oldschoolramfan82April 15, 2019 02:30PM

  Re: Deadpool's 2019 Big Board

dzrams151April 12, 2019 03:33PM

  Thats a really good list, I would add

Deadpool137April 13, 2019 08:46AM

  Re: Thats a really good list, I would add

dzrams92April 15, 2019 08:26AM

  Re: Tavai visits

leafnose65April 16, 2019 08:27AM

  Tavai is an interesting prospect

Deadpool59April 16, 2019 09:05AM

  Re: Deadpool's 2019 Big Board after Day 1

Deadpool73April 25, 2019 07:01PM