Nick Reed was one of the three 7th round compensatory picks for the Hawks on Sunday. Since Reed may make the roster, it is certainly a good idea to learn a little about him. The Oregonian has a nice piece on the 250 pound defensive end.
Reed enjoys living in the Northwest and even wanted to become a Seahawk:
"Living in Oregon, I have been to Seattle a few times," he told reporters during a conference call Sunday. "I always really liked it up there. I love the Northwest, and it's great for me to stay in this area. If I had my pick, I would have picked Seattle, so it was picking a college again, I kind of got my way."
Despite being linebacker sized at 6'2" and the aforementioned 250, Reed will continue to play as a down lineman, coming off of the end.
"I'm very excited; they run a 4-3, and they're looking at me as a defensive end," he said. "A lot of teams weren't looking at me as a D-end, they wanted me to play linebacker. But, I think my best asset is as a pass rusher, and I think I will be able to bring a lot to the table in that area."
Not only does Reed have the comfort of playing near his former school in a region he likes, but he'll have a few ex-Ducks around to keep him company, including Max Unger. Should he need a mentor, Darryl Tapp would make a perfect role model. Tapp came out of school at 6'1", 255 and has developed into a nice passrushing end. The Seahawks should end up a nice fit for Reed, then. As an undersized end with reasonable speed, good quickness, and a feel for timing, the Hawks may have just found themselves a bargain Tapp. Welcome to Seattle, Nick Reed. I hope you stay long enough to make a difference.