Career Recap: Reddick broke into the lineup as a sophomore in 2010. He led the Tar Heels' defense in tackles and had more stops than future NFL draft picks Bruce Carter, Quan Sturdivant and Zach Brown. The upperclassmen had some injuries and Reddick stepped up and filled the void. Reddick recorded 74 tackles with six tackles for a loss, two interceptions and five passes broken up. It was an impressive debut.
Reddick was solid for North Carolina last year, but didn't take his play to another level with Sturdivant and Carter in the NFL. Reddick collected 71 tackles with six tackles for a loss, one sack and four passes broken up, but no interceptions or forced fumbles. He was overshadowed and out-produced by Brown. There were many games that Reddick did not make much of an impact.
2012 Season Outlook:
Reddick is expected to step up and be a big producer on the Tar Heels' defense. The senior has some big shoes to fill as Brown made a lot of splash plays for North Carolina last year. At the same time, the Tar Heels will need some outside linebackers to emerge and take some of the pressure off Reddick.
North Carolina does have some talented defensive linemen returning. They should help make Reddick's job easier. The defensive backs also have some skilled players coming back.
Reddick won't have any excuses for a down year. He has good experience and the physical talent to be a force at the college level. Now is time for him to put it all together and have a dominant season.
Reddick has all the physical talent needed to be a special player. Like many recent players at North Carolina, he is a special athlete who is extremely fast. Reddick has good size with the frame to expand and add even more bulk. There is little doubt that he is full of potential.
Reddick showcased his instincts better as a sophomore in 2010 than he did last year. Perhaps Reddick was thinking too much on the field, but some missed steps seemed to slow him down from getting in on more plays. He needs to show improved instincts and awareness this season. If Reddick dedicates himself to being a real student of the game, it could help him to improving his production and splash plays as a senior.
Like the other North Carolina linebackers, Reddick has the capacity to be a special player. Athletic ability won't hold him back, now he needs to show the mental skills and instincts to make the most of his potential.
2013 Draft Expectations:
Entering his senior season, Reddick looks like a second-day pick. A big season could vault him into the first few rounds. Reddick's athletic ability should help him to be at least a third-round pick if he has a decent season. If Reddick struggles in 2012, he could fall deep into the third day.
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