One prediction of quick impact for Reed
May, 3, 2011
By Paul Kuharsky | ESPN.com
Out of four players on offense and four players on defense from the second and third rounds who he ranks as immediate impact players, Mel Kiper points to Houston for one.
Here’s what he says about second-round linebacker Brooks Reed:
The impact: I really liked what Houston did, opting to find the right pieces to work in Wade Phillips' 3-4 up front before they started targeting help for a secondary that got chewed up so consistently in 2010. Reed is a secondary's best friend when he's on his game, with a style (including the hair) that reminds of Clay Mathews. I don't see quite the same explosiveness as Mathews had, but Reed is extremely quick in his own right and is relentless -- he knows how to get to the quarterback. His presence should really help this defense.
The hurdle: What you gain in the pass rush teams might take advantage of in the run game. In Green Bay, the Packers made a great transition to the 3-4 under Dom Capers, but particularly with young players, it probably won't be a breeze in Houston. Reed gets into the backfield, but will have to be disciplined and play with leverage or gains against the pass could be mitigated by an inability to slow down the run.