With their fifth round pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions selected defensive tackle Caraun Reid from Princeton. Reid stands at six foot two inches and weighs 301 pounds. He has decent size for a 4-3 defensive tackle even though his college experience is as a 3-4 defensive tackle. He has good speed for his size and position although not the elite speed of players like Aaron Donald or Ndamukung Suh. He ran a 4.91 forty yard dash at the combine. He is very energetic and always plays hard. Reid, much like Suh, is known as a sacking defensive tackle. He posted over 20 career sacks at Princeton. He is very intelligent and young. He had seven blocked kicks on special teams showing he will have a role instantly there, although he is expected to be in the rotations pretty early.
Caraun Reid needs to improve his strength. He had a marginal 20 repetitions at 225 pounds at the combine. For a defensive lineman that is not good enough. He will definitely need to improve there. If he can improve his strength dramatically, I expect him to take over if Nick Fairley leaves in free agency. Considering he is the only player under contract for the 2015 season, it is fair to say that he is a short term development project in the manner that Devin Taylor was a short term development project. If any significant injuries strike the defensive tackle position, it is fully expected that Caraun Reid will step into a rotational role on the defensive line. If the front four stay relatively healthy, I would expect to see him designated to special teams only, and maybe he would see some time at the end of the season in the rotation so that the staff knows if they need to retain Fairley or if they can let him go.