Temple’s Haason Reddick’s path to NFL draft
Top-rated linebacker is native of Camden and graduate of Haddon Heights High School
Maya Hughes | 4/23/2017, 8:34 a.m.
Haason Reddick has ascended to one of the top-rated linebackers in this year’s NFL draft.
A native of Camden, N.J., Reddick attended Haddon Heights High School in Haddon Heights, New Jersey where he played safety and running back. He played in only four games his senior season due to a fractured femur.
Reddick joined the Temple University football team as a walk-on in 2012. He redshirted in 2012 and saw his first game action in 2013. As a senior in 2016, he was named First Team All-AAC. He led the country with 22.5 tackles for loss. He had 65 tackles, 10.5 sacks, one interception, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The 6-1, 237-pound Reddick, who played defensive end for the Owls last season, is being projected as either a WILL linebacker for a 4-3 team or an inside 'backer for a 3-4 team. He aced his combine workout, running a 4.52-second 40, broad jumping 133 inches, posting a 361/2-inch vertical jump and doing 24 reps in the 225-pound bench press.
His 40 time was the second-fastest among the 87 defensive linemen and linebackers at the combine, eclipsed only by a 4.46 by Michigan's Jabrill Peppers. His broad jump topped the charts of the two position groups and his vertical jump was the sixth best.
The team that drafts Reddick might just want to take the leash off and let him be him. He seems to roam the field with ease, has a nose for the football and can get to the quarterback with pretty frequent regularity.
After an impressive performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, which followed an equally impressive performance in January at the Senior Bowl, Reddick appears to have solidified his case to hear his name called in the first round of the draft.
The NFL Draft will take place in Philadelphia April 27-29 at the Philadelphia Art Museum.