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NFL Draft 2017: Latest mock draft has the Colts taking Haason Reddick

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Believe it or not, we’re getting very close to the NFL Draft. It will take place next week, so the mock draft season is drawing to a close.

But in the meantime, SB Nation’s Dan Kadar released his latest mock draft today, and in it he once again has the Colts selecting Temple linebacker Haason Reddick in the first round with the 15th overall pick:

Reddick over Foster might be absurd, but there are some questions about Foster from his playing size to his attitude. Those questions don’t exist for Reddick, who can act as not only an edge rusher but a linebacker who can come up and play the run or drop in coverage.

Reddick played in 47 games during his career at Temple, recording 147 tackles, 46 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, seven passes defensed, four forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. As a senior in 2016 he really impressed, recording 65 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, four passes defensed, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery.

He has position flexibility, as he was able to get after the quarterback in college and make plays in the backfield but might be better suited for an inside linebacker in the Colts’ 3-4 defense. The benefit in adding Reddick is getting a player who can be used in a variety of ways, whether it’s as a traditional ILB against the run, rushing the passer, or dropping into coverage. The Colts could really use inside linebacker help too, as currently they have Sean Spence, Edwin Jackson, and Antonio Morrison as the players competing there.

Hasson Reddick would be a very good addition for the Colts in the middle of their defense, but the more interesting question is whether he’d be a better pick than Reuben Foster. That’s the same issue that Kadar brought up in his mock draft too, as he had the Colts opting for Reddick instead of Foster. Either player would help the Colts and would likely be widely viewed as a good addition, but I still think Foster is the better prospect. That doesn’t make Reddick a bad pick, however, and there are plenty of justifiable reasons for opting for Reddick over Foster. And the bottom line is that the Colts badly need defensive help and defensive playmakers, which either Reddick or Foster would provide.

So who would you rather have, Colts fans: Reuben Foster or Haason Reddick?

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Which linebacker would you rather the Colts draft?

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  • 52%
    Reuben Foster
    (486 votes)
  • 47%
    Haason Reddick
    (432 votes)
918 votes total Vote Now