Haason Reddick: Haason Reddick drafted 13th overall

Head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator James Bettcher have been terrific at finding versatile defenders in the draft.

The Houston Texans sure seemed to think they would, though, making a last-minute trade with Cleveland for the No. 12 pick to get Clemson's Deshaun Watson.

Arians said Reddick reminds him of a smaller Von Miller.

At 6'1 and 237 pounds, he's relatively small for an edge rusher, and the more nimble giants on National Football League offensive lines will be able to swallow him up if he can't turn the corner on blitzes. "We love two-for-one players". His intriguing combination of versatility, strength and athleticism was too tempting for the Cardinals, who made him the first linebacker taken off the board Thursday night.

"I'm just determined to be the best I can be". Despite his shortage of size, PFF College gave Reddick its No. 2 run-stop grade among all outside linebackers in 2016, in addition to plus pass-coverage marks. After standing out at the combine and Senior Bowl, Reddick's stock rose from a potential second-round pick to one of the top picks in the draft. "But like I've said, this guy (Reddick) was a player that we had graded extremely high".

Arizona already has two fierce pass rushers in Chandler Jones and Markus Golden on the outside. Washington was reinstated conditionally on Tuesday and the Cardinals have declined to comment on his possible return until after the draft.

- The Cardinals are pretty solid at ILB now, Washington or no, by adding Reddick with Karlos Dansby and Deone Bucannon. And it's questionable how effective Washington could be after such a long time away from the game.

Reddick was third in the nation in tackles for loss with 22 1/2, including 10 1/2 sacks. Palmer coached him as an assistant at Haddon Heights High School in New Jersey.

While he played along the line at Temple, Reddick will likely move over to linebacker in the NFL.

In 2012, Haason became a walk-on member of the Temple University football team. He was told by his coaches that he probably wouldn't make the team the next season. His sack total almost doubled (9.5), while his tackles for loss climbed to 22.5.

Since he remains a work in progress, Reddick is a risky selection this high in the draft.

Even though Reddick has left Temple, a part of the Owls' program will be with him in Arizona.

Vanessa Coleman

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