When the Seahawks drafted Nick Reed with a 7th round compensatory pick, expectations were typically low considering the price. Seemingly under sized and facing a tough ask to make the step up, getting a place on the practise squad appeared to be his likely destination.
Four pre-season games later and Reed leads the NFL with 4.5 sacks (ironically, former Seahawk Jason Babin - now with the Eagles - is in second place). The former Oregon Duck found ways to consistently make plays at the college level and he's carried that on into the NFL pre-season.
The question now remains - is he untouchable? A place on the roster appears to be locked in and Reed may even earn a place in Seattle's D-line rotation. Not bad for a 7th round flier. Perhaps we should start looking at the California-born defensive end in a different light? Here's a guy who set a school record for sacks at Oregon (29.5). He registered 51.5 tackles for a loss - also a record. His 13 sacks in 2008 earned All-American honours. Under sized perhaps, but an over achiever.