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3 reasons the Bills should draft: Temple LB Haason Reddick

Position: Linebacker.

School: Temple.

Measurables: 6-foot-1, 237 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds. Bench press: 24 reps. Vertical jump: 36.5 inches. Broad jump: 11 feet, 1 inch. 3-cone drill: 7.01 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.37 seconds.

Career stats: 47 games, 147 tackles (46 for loss), 18 sacks, seven passes defensed, one interception.

Draft projection: First-second round.

Reasons:

1. He is an outstanding athlete converting from defensive end. Having played standing up and in a three-point stance, Reddick has the versatility to do well in coverage and rush the passer. He's likely to play the weak or strong side in a 4-3 scheme, which is the Bills' base. Reddick will need a little time for the transition, but has the willingness and accepts coaching well enough to make it work in short order. His man-to-man skills have done plenty to help boost his draft stock.

2. He is a highly intense, physical player. Reddick is an exceptionally hard hitter and, although he might not have ideal size to play inside, he has a great deal of strength and uses it to the fullest. He has demonstrated the ability to add weight, having gained more than 50 pounds since enrolling at Temple. Aggressiveness notwithstanding, Reddick displays excellent body control.

3. He is tremendously instinctive. He does a nice job of making reads and not allowing himself to be fooled very often. Reddick excels at anticipating plays and putting himself in proper position as they develop. As a senior, he tied a single-season school record with 22.5 tackles for loss, and had 10.5 sacks.

Fun fact: A walk-on, Reddick didn't receive a football scholarship from Temple until the summer before his senior season.

They said it: "He showed at the Senior Bowl that he should have no trouble playing on his feet. …With his pass-rush talent, he still will be used as a designated pass-rusher on some occasions. Reddick should have no problem playing in coverage, as he was excellent playing in coverage during Senior Bowl week. This is a player who looked like a third-rounder during the season and may now go at the bottom of the first or top of the second. Interesting guy with the arrow going up." – Greg Gabriel, Buffalo native and former director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears.

The Buffalo News is profiling 30 prospects in 30 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 27. Up next: Utah offensive tackle Garrett Bolles.

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