Welcome Raider Nation to another installment of "Diamond in the Rough" Last time, we looked at the tall ball hawk Cornerback from Nebraska, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, If you missed this post CLICK HERE. I have neglected the defensive line long enough, where the last prospect was Aaron Donald. that was a couple months ago I believe. so Now I have another defensive line prospect from my list of many. I watched his tape, and was relatively impressed with his playing style and high motor. I looked at his resume and decided he checked out to be a prime candidate for my posts. Ladies and Gentleman, here is Caraun Reid!
Conference: Ivy League
40 time: 4.82
Games Played: 42
Tackles for Loss: 41
passes blocked: 10
fumbles forced: 2
kicks blocked: 7
Projected Round: 4-6
Position Rank: 11
Caraun Reid started out his college career as a true freshman in 2009, where he recorded 34 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 4 passes deflected and a sack. Reid played the DT and DE positions as well as the NT spot. Reid was named as Princeton's top defensive freshman and was apart of defensive line rotation. In 2010, he was named the starter, but unfortunately, in the first game, he suffered a season ending injury, but before that, he still recorded 1 pass deflection.
Caraun Reid came back the following year, in 2011, and had a dominating season, and proving all of his critics wrong. by putting up monster numbers. Reid had 68 tackles on the year, which led all Ivy league defensive lineman. Reid also had 16 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 3 passes deflected, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery, and 3 blocked kicks. Reid had earned first-team All-Ivy League honors.
As a senior in 2012, Reid earned second-team All-America honors by The Sports Network after recording 40 tackles, including 9.5 for losses, and 5.5 sack and earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy League honors on the defensive line. he had multiple Ivy League defensive player of the week awards with games against Brown University with six tackles, including four for losses, and 2.5 sacks, and against Dartmouth with a season-best nine tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, and one sack.
Reid had decided to stay for a 5th year, since he had lost time in 2010, and wanted to make up for it in 2013. Reid became Princeton's first two-time All-American honoree in 20 years by becoming a first team All-American. Reid was named a finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year honors, and earned third straight first-team All-Ivy League honor; he is only the fourth player in Princeton history to earn the honor three times, he had also served as team co-captain in 2013. he had 26 tackles on the year, with 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass deflected and 1 kicked blocked. Much like his past seasons, Reid was seen lined up at DT and DE.
When looking at his tape, he gets penetration at the line almost instantly. he has long arms and quick movement, which helps him gain leverage and move inside. he shows a variety of moves that makes him effective in pass rushing situations and is strong and quick enough to make plays against the run. Reid is a destructive force, however, playing the run is not his strong suit, he focuses too much on getting penetration, and will sometimes open his lane. but, this also means that during [passing situations, this is where he is most deadly. he prefers to come over the middle, and apply pressure to the quarterback while playing the DT position. Reid is very flexible for a big man and it seems somewhat natural for him to shed blocks at the point of attack. Caraun Reid hails from Bronx New York so he it may come natural when he dominates his opponents.
Caraun Reid will be playing in the SENIOR Bowl this year, so look out for him!