2017 NFL Draft: Linebacker Haason Reddick Visits Washington Redskins
But There Are Some Risks With Him
The major problem with Reddick is the fact that he is going to be making a position switch at the next level. Because Reddick has a 6-foot-1, 230 pound frame, he is going to have limited positions to play. He cannot be a defensive end, and playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense might be hard.
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Because of this, he would have to play the middle linebacker position in the Redskins defense. That is doable for him, but the position is extremely different from the one that he played during his college days. Because of that, there would be a big learning curve and he could struggle early in his career as a result.
I tend to think that Reddick would best fit as a 4-3 outside linebacker. In that role, he could function as a Bruce Irvin-esque player who can rush the passer but also play well in coverage. That is why I had Reddick going to the Raiders with the No. 24 overall pick in my most recent mock draft. He could fit in a 3-4 defense, but the 4-3 defense just seems like a more natural position for him.
At the end of the day, there is a chance that Reddick could be the best player available when the Redskins are picking. They could use another dynamic linebacker, and Reddick could be the type of guy that they want. Though there are some risks, mostly due to the positional change, Reddick could be a solid contributor. Expect him to be one of the top targets for the Redskins when the NFL Draft rolls around.