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2017 NFL Draft: Haason Reddick also visited the Titans

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According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, Temple linebacker Haason Reddick is among a number of players to visit the Titans recently (including Jonathan Allen, Mike Williams, and DeAngelo Yancey).

On Monday, Matt Miller tweeted about it.

Haason Reddick is one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft class. A high school safety and running back, Reddick was forced to walk on at Temple due to injuries in high school. Transitioning to defensive line, Reddick was highly productive this season, ranking 3rd in the nation in tackles for loss with 22.5 and recording 10.5 sacks.

Reddick is probably a bit too small to play on the defensive line at the NFL level, and this is where the "most intriguing prospect" label starts to get thrown around. Reddick will be attempting to transition from defensive end to linebacker at the next level.

The determining factor for a successful transition will be how well can he adapt to playing in space. Can he cover tight ends and running backs? Can he read and react as well from an inside / weakside linebacker position?

There’s no questioning Reddick’s athleticism. He had an outstanding Senior Bowl, where he flashed decent, though raw, coverage abilities and instincts. Then he had what Bleacher Report called a "masterful combine performance" when referring to Reddick as the draft’s "top linebacker" - you can read about his athletic achievements that day here.

His spider graph shows the phenomenal athleticism and undersized nature of his build.

The Senior Bowl exposure rocketed Haason Reddick up the mock draft boards into the late first round for most media analysts.

The strong showing at the combine has launched Reddick into the top-5 conversation for some.

Some people are saying that Haason Reddick could be drafted ahead of the nation’s consensus top inside linebacker prospect, Reuben Foster.

While it is in fact absolutely crazy to believe that a player’s post-season workouts could actually turn a prospect from a second-round player into a top-5 pick, it’s not insane to believe that NFL teams have had him as a highly-rated prospect all along.

I think pick #5 is a bit too rich for a player who has never before played what will be their NFL position, but if Jon Robinson can move back a few spots, or if Reddick is available at 18, he is an explosive and dynamic playmaker I could get behind.

What do you think?