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NFL Draft Off the Clock (Picks 13-16): Haason Reddick, Derek Barnett, Malik Hooker, Marlon Humphrey
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2 May 2017 02:02 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Temple Owls outside linebacker Haason Reddick. (Image Source: si.com)

Here’s a breakdown of picks 13-16 of the 2017 NFL Draft (Picks 1-4, 5-8, 9-12):

13. Arizona Cardinals: LB Haason Reddick, Temple

One of the biggest risers during the draft process, Reddick is a versatile talent who found an excellent landing spot in Arizona. The Cardinals love to play chess with their players and Reddick provides them with another piece who they can move around the board. He can play inside or out. He can cover and get after the quarterback. He can get into the backfield against the run and the pass. I expect Reddick to come in and contribute immediately. At 6’1” and 237 pounds, he’s undersized but the Cards covet rangy linebackers, which Reddick is. At the NFL Scouting Combine, the former walk-on ran a blazing 4.52 40-yard dash and crushed it on all the timed drills. He’s explosive (36 ½” vertical, 12’1” broad jump) and changes directions very well (7.01 three-cone drill). He’s an elite athlete.

14. Philadelphia Eagles (trade from Minnesota): DE Derek Barnett, Tennessee

Small for an edge rusher with very short arms, Barnett is also a below-average athlete for a defensive end, which is why some didn’t rate him as a first-round prospect despite the fact that he broke Reggie White’s sack record at Tennessee. He might not be a workout warrior but boy was Barnett productive as a Volunteer and many will point out that unlike No. 1 overall pick Myles Garrett, he got most of his sacks against SEC competition. An instinctive player, Barnett has a knack for getting to the quarterback and he should be able to take advantage of one-on-one situations in Philly. Things like his quick first step, flexibility when getting by blockers, as well as nimble feet shouldn’t be overlooked. He’s tough and a pure pass rusher.

15. Indianapolis Colts: S Malik Hooker, Ohio State

Just like his teammate Marshon Lattimore falling to the New Orleans Saints, Hooker slid out of the top 10 to a team very much in need of his services. One of the worst pass defenses in the NFL just added a safety that can sure up their last line of defense. An elite ball hawk, Hooker knows how to get after the pigskin when it’s flight, create turnovers, and instantly turn defense into offense with the ability to put points on the board. A pure centerfielder, the OSU product is an elite athlete who covers ground quickly and excels at going up to get the football. Just a one-year starter, Hooker is raw. That’s part of why he lasted this long, as well as his poor tackling. Not much of a player in run support, Hooker whiffs too often in the open field for some evaluator’s liking. Basketball was his first love so his passion for football wasn’t always apparent until his redshirt sophomore season.

16. Baltimore Ravens: CB Marlon Humphrey, Alabama

General manager Ozzie Newsome loves his ‘Bama players, doesn’t he? With older, injury-prone cornerbacks on their roster, you can understand why the Ravens went with a cover corner like Humphrey with their selection. Blessed with good size, Humphrey has a tremendous wingspan to go along with his top-notch athleticism. The speed, quickness, change of direction ability, and explosiveness are all there for Humphrey to develop into an excellent coverman in the NFL. Despite playing for Nick Saban, the knock on Humphrey is that he’s raw and needs work on his technique if he’s going to cash in on his talent. If he’s coached up properly the Crimson Tide will be an excellent press corner in Baltimore’s scheme, but he should probably be eased into his role. His ability to get off blocks and contribute against the run is another positive as he enters the NFL.

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards. You can reach him via email: danmogollon@gmail.com.

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