NFL Draft 2011: Vikings pick sleeper with high potential in Arizona's D'Aundre Reed

TUCSON AZ - SEPTEMBER 25: Runningback Shane Vereen #34 of the California Bears rushes the football past D'Aundre Reed #83 of the Arizona Wildcats during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 25 2010 in Tucson Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

D'Aundre Reed went under the radar enough that ESPN.com's draft board read that "De'Aundre Reed" was taken by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.

Well, the world-wide leader in sports was correct in deducing that Reed was the 215th overall selection and third Arizona Wildcat to go in the draft, but c'mon guys, it's spelled "D'Aundre."

Anyway, Reed, who only made eight career starts, joins fellow defensive ends Brooks Reed (No. 42 overall) of the Houston Texans and Ricky Elmore (No. 197 overall) of the Green Bay Packers as Arizona players taken this year.

"It was a pretty good rotation," Reed told Tom Pelissero 

of ESPN Radio's 1500 in the Twin Cities. "But I knew what I could do in my heart, so I just knew I just had to keep working hard and put it on tape and people will see what I can be on tape. The tape doesn't lie."

 

Like Brooks Reed and Elmore, D'Aundre could be a candidate to play outside linebacker, writes Ryan Finley of the Daily Star. However, he has the most upside of the three Wildcats due to his build. At 6-foot-4 and 261 pounds, he has the best ability to rush the passer and according to the combine people, showed a strong ability to move offensive linemen with a bullrush.

Athletically, he placed top five in some of the jumping measurements at the combine, which might translate to his pure athleticism if anything.

On the minus side, Reed didn't have as much experience playing behind the other Reed and Elmore during college, nor do scouts believe he has a well-versed skill-set just yet.

And while he could've gone undrafted, maybe his backflip video on YouTube sold the Vikings.

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