Troy Reeder could be a name to watch on the last day of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Philadelphia Eagles have shown interest in the small school linebacker.
Troy Reeder doesn’t own the most recognizable name in the 2019 NFL Draft class, but he’s one of the prospects people should look out for. The Philadelphia Eagles have shown interest in this linebacker who made a name for himself at a small school.
The six-foot-one, 235-pound linebacker recorded 283 total tackles. Then, there was his 4.5 sacks, his three fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles and four interceptions in a magnificent 34-games collegiate career.
Reeder led the Colonial Athletic Association this season in total tackles (131) and tackles for loss (13.5).
Throughout his career there, he earned numerous accolades, including two First-Team All-CAA honors (2017 & 2018) , Second-team All-CAA selection( 2016), CAA Academic All-Conference (2016) and STATS FCS Second Team.
As we mentioned earlier, Reeder was a Nittany Lion before he was a Blue Hen. During his time in ‘Happy Valley’, he recorded 67 tackles and an interception. Reeder was added to ESPN.com’s Big Ten All-Freshman team, and he earned second team Freshman All-American honors.
Check out his highlights.
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At Delaware’s pro day, with all 32 NFL teams in attendance, Reeder impressed a lot teams with his performance. One interesting moment came in his 40-yard dash, where he ran a 4.57. Reeder’s time would of been tied for in top 15 among the linebackers who ran at the combine.
Reeder’s Pro Day Numbers
The Eagles were pretty impressed with linebacker by inviting him their April 17th workout according to NJ.com Eagles beat writer Mike Kaye.
Here’s what others are saying:
"An experienced, smart, hard-nosed, old school lunch-pail linebacker who plays aggressive, tenacious and brings great leadership. He possesses natural football instincts, to go along with a true nose for the ball. An excellent open field tackler who demonstrates sound wrap up abilities. He’s able to win the leverage battle at the point of attack when taking on incoming blockers, while possessing the know how and get-off to disengage/shed blocks. Says he learned a valuable lesson from Mike Hull (Dolphins) about passing it forward as a freshman at Penn State and makes a conscious effort to help mentor younger players. Two-time Delaware team captain and also a special teams standout."
"Hard-working, productive linebacker with average size and speed. Physical, aggressive and instinctive. Stays with assignments, effectively uses his hands to protect himself and displays a closing burst of speed. Nasty, fires up the field on the blitz and sells out to make plays. Flows well laterally, keeps the action in front of him and plays faster than his 40 time. Wraps up tackling."
NFLDraftBlitz.com ranked him as the tenth-best inside linebacker in this year’s draft class. Here’s a quote:
"Reeder’s best shot will probably be the late rounds or in free agency after the draft. Will the Eagles take a chance on the local linebacker, that will be answered next week but Reeder is a interesting prospect to watch."
Might Philly pull the trigger and use a selection on Reeder in the later rounds. We won’t have to wait too much longer to find out what the answer is.