NFL Draft: Temple's Haason Reddick goes to Cardinals
Top-rated linebacker is native of Camden and graduate of Haddon Heights High School
Maya Hughes | 4/29/2017, 3:36 p.m.
With the 13th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected Camden native and Temple linebacker Hasson Reddick.
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.
The 6-1, 237-pound 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.
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.
Reddick made several NFL visits during the pre-draft process and the Cardinals were the last team he met with. He will play linebacker in the NFL, but with his cat-quick first move he might be able to see some time at defensive end as well. Either way, he is looking to make the same type of impact that he did at Temple.
He was selected by a Cardinals team whose coach, Bruce Arians, once held the same title at Temple. It was Arians' first head coaching job, from 1983-88.
Reddick becomes the fourth Temple player to be selected in the first round and the first since Muhammad Wilkerson was the No. 30 overall selection by the New York Jets in 2011. He is the second-highest Temple pick, behind only offensive lineman John Rienstra, who as selected ninth overall by Pittsburgh in 1986.