The Vikings continued to add defensive players to their roster on Day 3 of the 2011 NFL Draft, using their first of two 7th-round choices on DE D’Aundre Reed.
Reed is 6-4, 261 pounds and was projected to be a DE in a 4-3 scheme or an outside LB in a 3-4 scheme. The Vikings, of course, run a 4-3 scheme so Reed will join the DE rotation in Minnesota, a stable that is growing and will be one of the most competitive spots on the roster leading up to the regular season.
As is typically the case with picks at this point in the draft, Reed will also be a contributor on special teams for the Vikings.
Here is the NFL.com scouting report on Reed: “Reed brings a lot of versatility to the table but lacks the athleticism to become a starter.. Could turn into a back up run-stopping defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker for a team that stresses gap-integrity. Does a good job against the run, coming off the ball, keeping blockers off his body, and maintaining outside contain but struggles against bigger tackles, with misdirection, and won’t make a ton of plays from the backside or in space. Currently does not offer much as a pass rusher but could develop into an adequate power rusher with some more moves and technical refinement. Reed’s a late-round prospect.”
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