2017 NFL Draft: Temple’s Haason Reddick drafted by Arizona Cardinals
This offseason, the Arizona Cardinals took a hit on the defensive side of the football as they lost both safety Tony Jefferson and defensive end Calais Campbell. Out of the two players, losing Campbell hurts the most as he was a dominant force on the Cardinals’ defensive line.
However, it looks like Arizona will be OK as they addressed the defensive line in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
With the 13th overall pick, the Cardinals selected Temple Owls outside linebacker Haason Reddick. Reddick fits in perfectly with what the Cardinals do on defense as he can play either defensive end or linebacker.
Reddick, who was a walk-on at Temple, took his game to new heights and showed that this past season, helping the Owls win an AAC championship.
In 2016, Reddick had a career year across the board with 65 total tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, three pass deflections and an interception.
He is an impact player that will help the Cardinals immediately to play alongside Markus Golden and Chandler Jones. Both Jones and Golden are similar to Reddick in that in college they played with their hand in the dirt, but have made the successful transition to linebacker in the NFL.
It should be interesting to see what Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians, a former Temple head coach, does with Reddick in the valley of the sun.