In his most recent mock draft, CBSSports.com's Will Brinson has the Redskins selecting Temple linebacker Haason Reddick at No. 17-overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.
In free agency, the Redskins addressed the defensive line and the secondary but they could be looking to upgrade at the linebacker position in the NFL Draft.
“Explosive pass rusher who has really risen in the process during the offseason,” writes Brinson of the Camden, N.J., native.
Brinson is very high on the Temple product and even thinks that “Reddick could ultimately end up going even higher than this once it’s all said and done.”
The 6-foot-1, 237 pounder played four seasons for the Owls and finished with 149 tackles (47 for loss), 17.5 sacks and one interception.
In his senior year, Reddick had a team-leading 10.5 sacks and was third in the nation with 22.5 tackles for loss. His growth as a player was really displayed in 2016 and he helped Temple finish with the nation’s third-best defense.
Reddick appeared in eight games as a freshman and finished with 14 tackles; that number would increase by ten the following year in seven games as a sophomore.
In 2015, the linebacker really came into his own, starting 12 games and recording 46 tackles (13 for loss) and five sacks. Reddick had a noticeable performance against South Florida and finished the game with three tackles for loss and a sack.
As a senior, Reddick showcased his ability to play at the next level with an astounding 11-tackle performance against Memphis where he disrupted the Tigers at the line of scrimmage all game and chipped in with two sacks as well.
According to Reddick's NFL.com draft profile, the linebacker is a “dynamic playmaker in space.
"Locks onto targets and instantly accelerates to the ball,” Reddick’s profile continues, “Has chase range over extended territory. Eyes work past blockers and into backfield. Slips and slides around the edge and through small creases. Always working feet into improved positioning after contact. Came in as a defensive back and has experience on all three levels. Has athleticism in space and necessary instincts to be legit cover talent as linebacker.”
NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compared Haason Reddick to Pittsburgh Steelers’ Ryan Shazier.
“Reddick's speed and athleticism might give him a greater shot at impacting the game as a 3-4 inside linebacker,” Zierlein writes. “An ascending prospect with a high-end potential if he can continue to hone his craft.”