MOBILE, Ala. – There’s a lot about Jarran Reed that reminds you of Marcell Dareus.
Like Dareus, Reed played defensive tackle for Alabama. Like Dareus, Reed was a dominant college player, helping the Crimson Tide lead the nation in run defense in 2015 on the way to winning a national championship.
Although both stand 6-foot-3, Dareus, at 331 pounds, is larger than the 313-pound Reed.
But both have this in common: physical dominance. The power and aggressiveness that helped convince the Buffalo Bills to make Dareus the third overall pick of the 2011 draft are very much a part of Reed’s game.
And Reed showed plenty of it Tuesday during his first Senior Bowl practice of the week as part of the South squad.
He had little problem dealing with the interior offensive linemen on his team, often manhandling them as he got to ball-carriers and to the quarterback. Reed shows exceptional quickness in exploding through gaps.
When talking with reporters, he comes off as considerably humble.
Reed has tremendous versatility, lining up in the middle or outside. Asked him how he views himself as a player, he answered, “I see myself as a football player.”
He won’t be picky about where he plays.
“Wherever a team needs me to play, that’s where I’ll go,” Reed said. “It doesn’t matter to me. I just want to come in and help a team the most I can. Wherever I land, God willing if I land somewhere, I’m going to be coachable, listen to the veteran guys in there, take everything into consideration, get extra film in, do anything I can to improve myself for the team. … Everything with me is all about team; it’s not about myself. I’m out there for those guys. Regardless of whether it’s playing in the Senior Bowl or playing in Pop Warner or playing whatever. I’m just out there helping those guys whichever way I can. It’s not about me at all.”
His No. 1 goal at the Senior Bowl?
“Just listen to the coaches, be coachable, and give effort,” Reed said. “Everything’s not going to be perfect. It’s the best of the best out here with everybody. You’re going to win some, you’re going to lose some. You’ve just got to play the next play.”