North Carolina Tar Heels inside linebacker Kevin Reddick is drawing interest from the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, and Chicago Bears, per a report from draft analyst and insider Tony Pauline. Those five teams are showing noteworthy interest in Reddick, who is an interesting linebacker prospect with his ability to get downhill and stop the run. At UNC, Reddick also showed great intangibles.
The Patriots worked out Kansas State Wildcats LB Arthur Brown, so they could really go the linebacker direction in this draft if they feel that the player is good enough to warrant jumping “need”. The Pats seem to be in a position to go “best available”, and thus they are looking at all avenues. It’s interesting to see the Patriots show interest in a few LB prospects, because they have one of the best starting groups in the NFL. However, they could use another quality LB to add as a backup, and Reddick makes sense. Brown is a great prospect, but he doesn’t make as much sense given the talent of the Patriots current starting three.
Kevin Reddick projects at inside linebacker, and he has a little bit of Brandon Spikes in him. While he isn’t as good or as violent of a hitter, Reddick is also a playmaker at the position who flies around and stops the run. He isn’t as good against the run as Spikes is, but he’s likely better in coverage and can also get a few blitzes going. The Pats could use him as a backup if he is available where they are picking in the third-round, so we’ll see if they schedule a visit with Reddick. He would be a good addition and would also make plenty of sense for the Eagles, Chargers, Bears, and Jaguars.
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