It's nice to have a draft order set and the Senior Bowl behind us (other all-star games, too, I suppose). The combine is the other big event of the offseason, so we really are halfway to the draft. Sort of.
Summary: Brooks Reed has watched his stock rise during the draft process, mostly due to a strong showing at the Combine which lessened concerns he was stuck between being a 4-3 defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker. I still question if he would work at end, but he is a hard-working prospect. NFL teams often are drawn to guys like him who have a strong motor and high effort level. They are also very interested in anyone who can wreak havoc on the opposing quarterback, which Reed has proven he can do.
Player Comparison: Anthony Spencer. I like this better than the comparison of Clay Matthews, whom Reed could probably be a stunt double for. Spencer was another 'tweener coming out of Purdue with similar triangle numbers, and questions about his ability to change directions and shed blockers. Both players saw their stock shoot way up in their final season although Spencer was more productive in his last year at Purdue.