The most recent rookie classes for Arizona Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim have been a bit brutal the past few years. D.J. Humphries, their top pick in 2015, was nicknamed “knee deep” in his rookie season due to his lack of motivation. Robert Nkemdiche, the first rounder in 2016, has yet to meaningfully contribute to the team. And now, their 2017 first round pick Haason Reddick has been a bit underwhelming as well.
Pro Football Focus, who we seem to have a love-hate relationship with, graded Reddick out as one of the worst first round pick rookies in the NFL from this past season.
A look at how every first round draft pick graded as a rookie pic.twitter.com/U4gZ6c9TiC— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 9, 2018
As you can see from the graphic, there was only a small handful of players that were graded lower, including fellow rookie linebacker Jarrad Davis.
To be honest, I am not putting a ton of stock into this for the future. I expect Reddick to move inside full-time starting next year, where he will likely get to play alongside Deone Bucannon. On the outside, Reddick simply looked overmatched by offensive tackles as he tried to rush the passer. I see Reddick as a guy that can occasionally rush the A-gap from the inside and use his elite athleticism to get to the QB quickly.
For now, based on what he was asked to do as a rookie and the position he played, I think the grade is warranted. He flashed a few times, but he didn’t do much to live up to the hype he received coming out of Temple.
What do you think? Was the grade PFF assigned to Reddick justified?