Seahawks second-round pick Jarran Reed carries Skittles torch from Marshawn Lynch

Kiper: Reed's motor makes him excel vs. run (0:48)

ESPN NFL Draft Insider Mel Kiper breaks down the strengths and weaknesses of Alabama defensive tackle Jarran Reed. (0:48)

RENTON, Wash. -- The Seattle Seahawks lost nose tackle Brandon Mebane in free agency, but in the second round of the draft Friday they found his potential replacement in Alabama's Jarran Reed.

My take: Reed (6-foot-3, 307 pounds) was pegged by many as a first-round pick and is considered one of the best run-stuffing defensive tackles in this year's class. He has the ability to compete for the starting nose tackle spot right away. Reed is considered a high-effort defender who plays with great technique. He had 57 tackles last year and should fit right in next to Ahtyba Rubin. Reed is a high-floor prospect who should start from Week 1.

Pass-rush: If you want to look at this pick critically, Reed may be only a two-down player. He had just two sacks in 29 games in the past two seasons with the Crimson Tide. There's a lot to like about Reed, but can he provide interior pass-rush? That's something that was absent from the Seahawks' defense at times in 2015. If the answer is no, did it make sense for the Seahawks to trade up in the second round and lose a fourth-round selection to take Reed? Pete Carroll and John Schneider will answer those questions shortly.

Skittles, anyone? Reed was the last player in the green room in Chicago. When he walked to the podium, he flashed a Skittles candy wrapper to the camera.

"It was crazy because I was chewing on the Skittles when I got called," Reed said. "And I was just thinking like, 'Man, Marshawn [Lynch] loves the Skittles.' And I thought it would be kind of funny. Just having a little fun."

Reed was Todd McShay's 19th-ranked player overall. He said the only time he talked to the Seahawks was at the Senior Bowl in January. But the team obviously saw enough from him on tape to trade up and select Reed in the second round.

Tone setter: Reed was considered the emotional leader of Alabama's defense.

"He's the one who kick-starts everything for us," linebacker Reggie Ragland said earlier this offseason. "As soon as he gets to talking, you can tell in his eyes that he's bringing everything he's got. When he's going, we're going. And when he's not, we gotta get him going because he's as disruptive as it gets in college football."

Reed began his college career at East Mississippi Community College before playing two seasons for Nick Saban. Reed was the last player selected among the group that attended the draft live in Chicago.

What's next: The Seahawks filled two of their biggest needs with Germain Ifedi and Reed. They could add an interior offensive lineman or a pass-rusher next. Cornerback and running back are in play also. The team has three more scheduled picks Friday: Nos. 90, 94 and 97 in the third round.