Haason Reddick
Reddick with the Arizona Cardinals in 2017
No. 43 – Carolina Panthers
Position:Defensive End
Personal information
Born: (1994-09-22) September 22, 1994 (age 26)
Camden, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:235 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Haddon Heights (NJ)
College:Temple
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 13
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Total tackles:255
Sacks:20.0
Forced fumbles:9
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:15
Player stats at NFL.com

Haason Samir Reddick (born September 22, 1994) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Temple, and was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Early years

Reddick attended Haddon Heights High School in Haddon Heights, New Jersey. He played safety and running back for the Garnets high school football team. He played in only four games his senior season due to a fractured femur.[1]

College career

Reddick joined the Temple University football team as a walk-on in 2012. He was a running back and safety his freshman year.[2][3] He redshirted for the 2012 season and saw his first game action in 2013. As a senior in 2016, he was named First Team All-AAC after recording 65 tackles and 10.5 sacks as a defensive end.[4][5][6]

Professional career

On November 14, 2016, it was announced that Reddick had accepted his invitation to play in the 2017 Senior Bowl.[7] He was moved to inside linebacker during the Senior Bowl and impressed team representatives and scouts after excelling in practice. On January 28, 2017, Reddick recorded a game-high nine combined tackles, tying Michigan's Ben Gedeon, as he played for Chicago Bears' head coach John Fox's North team that lost 16-15 to the South. His Senior Bowl performance vastly improved his draft stock and made him one of the fastest risers through the draft process, going from an obscure potential top 100 prospect to a top 20 prospect.[8] He received an invitation to NFL Scouting Combine as a defensive end and completed all the required drills. Reddick's 11'1" broad jump was the best among defensive lineman since 2003 and his 4.52 in the 40-yard dash was the best among the defensive lineman at the draft and second best among linebackers.[6] He also attended Temple's Pro Day and decided to only run the shuttle, three-cone, and do positional drills. Reddick was projected to be a first round pick by NFL draft experts and analysts. He was ranked the best linebacker prospect in the draft by ESPN, the second best linebacker by Sports Illustrated, ranked the best outside linebacker by NFLDraftScout.com, and the second best linebacker by NFL media analyst Mike Mayock.[9][10][11]

External video
video icon Haason Reddick's NFL Combine workout
video icon Haason Reddick's 40-yard dash
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 1+12 in
(1.87 m)
237 lb
(108 kg)
32+34 in
(0.83 m)
10+18 in
(0.26 m)
4.52 s 1.59 s 2.62 s 4.37 s 7.01 s 36+12 in
(0.93 m)
11 ft 1 in
(3.38 m)
24 reps
All values from 2017 NFL Combine.[12][13]

Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals selected Reddick in the first round (13th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft.[14] He was the first linebacker selected in 2017 and one of three Temple players, along with Dion Dawkins and Nate Hairston. Reddick also surpassed Paul Palmer to become Temple's second highest draft pick in history, being behind only John Rienstra who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the ninth overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft.[15]

External video
video icon Cardinals select Reddick 13th overall
video icon Reddick's NFL Draft Interview

On June 8, 2017, the Arizona Cardinals signed Haason Reddick to a fully guaranteed $13.4 million contract (duration four-year), with a confirmed $7.94 Million signing bonus.[16]

Throughout training camp, Reddick competed for job as the starting inside linebacker against Deone Bucannon, Karlos Dansby and Zaviar Gooden. He played the hybrid inside linebacker position after Bucannon suffered an ankle injury and missed a bulk of training camp. Head coach Bruce Arians named him the backup "money" linebacker behind Bucannon.[17]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Arizona Cardinals' season-opener at the Detroit Lions and recorded a season-high eight combined tackles in their 35-23 loss. Reddick earned the start after Bucannon was declared inactive due to an ankle injury.[18] His first career tackle came on the Lions' first drive as he tackled Lions' running back Ameer Abdullah after a five-yard run in the first quarter.[19] The following week, he collected seven combined tackles in the Cardinals' 16-13 win against the Indianapolis Colts. On November 5, 2017, Reddick was ejected for being involved in a skirmish with Carlos Hyde and finished the game with one solo tackle and a half a sack during their 20-10 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.[20] He made his first career sack with Olsen Pierre, tackling quarterback C. J. Beathard in the first quarter.[21] On November 10, Reddick was fined $9,115 for his role in the brawl. During a Week 14 matchup against the Tennessee Titans, Reddick made three combined tackles and made the first solo sack of his career on quarterback Marcus Mariota as the Cardinals' achieved a 12-7 victory.[22]

In 2018, Reddick played in 16 games with 12 starts, finishing third on the team with 80 tackles.

2020 season

On May 3, 2020, the Cardinals declined the fifth-year option on Reddick's contract, making him a free agent in 2021. In Week 6 against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football, Reddick recorded two sacks on Andy Dalton during the 38–10 win.[23] In Week 14 against the New York Giants, Reddick recorded five sacks and 3 forced fumbles during the 26–7 win. It was an Arizona Cardinals franchise record and brought his season sack total to 10.0.[24] Reddick was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Week 14.[25] In Week 16 against the San Francisco 49ers, Reddick recorded 1.5 sacks on C.J. Beathard, including a strip sack that was recovered by the Cardinals, during the 20–12 loss.[26]

Carolina Panthers

On March 18, 2021, Reddick signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers.[27]

References

  1. ^ Reddick made most of chance with Owls
  2. ^ Temple's Reddick: from walk-on to standout
  3. ^ From walk-on to NFL prospect, Haason Reddick personifying Temple's rise
  4. ^ Temple's Reddick seeks AAC title payoff for hard work
  5. ^ Temple's Haason Reddick, Dion Dawkins stand out at Senior Bowl
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  7. ^ "Prospects who have accepted invites to 2017 Senior Bowl". NFL.com. November 14, 2017. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  8. ^ Matt Miller (April 21, 2017). "How Haason Reddick Became the Biggest Rising Star in the 2017 NFL Draft Class". BleacherReport.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  9. ^ Chris Burke (April 24, 2017). "2017 NFL draft rankings: Top prospects by position". si.com. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  10. ^ Jeff Legwold (April 22, 2017). "Ranking 2017 Draft's Top 100 Players". ESPN.com. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  11. ^ Mike Mayock (April 25, 2017). "Mike Mayock's 2017 NFL Draft top 100 prospect rankings". NFL.com. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
  12. ^ http://www.nfl.com/draft/2017/profiles/haason-reddick?id=2557887
  13. ^ http://www.draftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=111586&draftyear=2017&genpos=OLB
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  15. ^ "Pro-Football Reference: Temple University Draft History". pro-football-reference.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  16. ^ Haason, Reddick (November 26, 2019). "Haason Reddick". Celebritytake.com. Retrieved November 26, 2019.
  17. ^ Seth Cox (September 6, 2017). "Arizona Cardinals 2017 depth chart for week one". RevengeoftheBirds.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
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  20. ^ Bergman, Jeremy. "Three players ejected after Cardinals-49ers skirmish". NFL. Retrieved November 5, 2017.
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  22. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 14-2017: Tennessee Titans @ Arizona Cardinals". NFL.com. Retrieved December 23, 2017.
  23. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – October 19th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 20, 2020.
  24. ^ "Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants - December 13th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 18, 2020.
  25. ^ Gordon, Grant (December 16, 2020). "Ravens QB Lamar Jackson, Rams RB Cam Akers lead Players of the Week". NFL.com. Retrieved December 16, 2020.
  26. ^ "San Francisco 49ers at Arizona Cardinals – December 26th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  27. ^ Gantt, Darin (March 18, 2021). "Panthers bolster defense on first official day of free agency". Panthers.com.