What Haason Reddick brings to the Cardinals

30 April, 2017, 00:59 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Arizona used their 13th overall pick on Temple linebacker Haason Reddick, a talent and versatile player who can be used in a variety of ways. He ran a 4.52-second 40-yard-dash while in Indianapolis and did 24 reps on the bench with his 32 3/4-inch arms.

Reddick was a stud defensive end in college, racking up 9.5 sacks, 22.5 tackles for loss, 65 total tackles, three forced fumbles and an interception this past season.

Temple's Haason Reddick, left, poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft, Thursday, April 27, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Arizona already has two fierce pass rushers in Chandler Jones and Markus Golden on the outside.

Arians compared Reddick's game to that of Broncos linebacker and three-time All-Pro selection Von Miller, and Reddick himself said he tries to emulate the Super Bowl 50 MVP.

Reddick had been told he would go anywhere from the third to fifth round in this year's National Football League draft, and coming from a smaller FBS program at Temple he wanted to show National Football League teams that he could "really play (the defensive end) position".

The Cardinals were thrilled when Reddick was available Thursday night because they love the versatility he'll bring, as he's a man capable of playing multiple positions on defense.

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Fast forward - and thanks to the support of his parents and former Temple head coach Matt Rule - Reddick stayed focused and worked hard.

You think you've seen every possible draft scenario with the NFL Draft just two days away.

Draft Projection: Reddick will be a first-round round pick and could hear his name announced in the top 10. "After the visit I had, talking to the (general manager), talking to coach (Bruce Arians), the love that was shown felt so genuine, and immediately I fell in love with the coaching staff and felt like I wanted to be there". As a defensive end.

"I'm going to give everything that I have to offer. It was a mystery the last couple of weeks", Trubisky said. His stock soared at the Senior Bowl and during the combine, when he impressed nearly everybody who took the time to get close enough to him.

The Cardinals had the 6-foot-1, 234-pound Reddick ranked in their top-5 of best available players. Reddick also becomes the highest defensive player to be drafted from Temple, passing Muhammad Wilkerson of the New York Jets - he went 30th overall in 2011 - for that honor.

Reddick is the fourth player in Temple History selected in the first round.

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