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Road to the NFL Draft: D.J. Reader

Position: Nose tackle.

School: Clemson.

Combine measurables: 6-foot-3, 327 pounds.

Combine stats: 40-yard dash: 5.33 seconds. Bench press: 30 reps. Vertical jump: 29.5 inches. Broad jump: 8 feet, 3 inches. 3-cone drill: 7.90 seconds. 20-yard shuttle: 4.71 seconds.

Career stats: 47 games, 123 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 5.0 sacks.

Draft projection: Fifth-sixth round.

Lowdown: A two-sport athlete, Reader became the second Tiger to letter on top-25 football and baseball teams in one academic year (2012-13) since 1994-95. A hulking defensive tackle, Reader also played some fullback at Clemson, another sign of his athleticism. ... Had a good showing at the Senior Bowl week, when he consistently won one-on-one battles with offensive lineman. ... Played both nose tackle and three-technique defensive tackle for the Tigers, and has such good feet that some teams might even consider using him on the offensive line. ... Left the Tigers prior to the start of the 2015 season following the death of his father, but eventually returned to the team in October and played in nine games. ... Played at 340 pounds, but carries the weight well. Absolutely can’t be blocked with just one offensive lineman. ... Did not make many highlight plays during his college career, which may lead some to believe his best is still to come, but others to think he’s maximized his ability.

They said it: “D.J. Reader can definitely play. So much power, but has to leverage better. When he does, that’s a tough nose tackle to stop.” -- Jon Ledyard, USA Today NFL Draft analyst

– Jay Skurski

The Buffalo News is profiling 50 prospects in 50 days leading up to the NFL Draft, which begins April 28.

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