The Houston Texans selected defensive end/linebacker Brooks Reed out of Arizona to be the missing link outside in their new 3-4 defense. Texans linebackers coach Reggie Herring was made available to the media after the pick and praised Reed for his motor, speed, and strength:
(on whether he expects a nonstop motor from Brooks Reed) "I think it’s pretty much his trademark. What we saw in Brooks Reed and in trying to make the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4, you have to start with your front. There are some changes that need to be made. What he does is gives us somebody that has exceptional play strength, exceptional play speed. He’s a mature, physical player at this level right now. In the NFL transition from college, play strength and play speed is probably the biggest adjustment. What he possesses right now, along with the fact of what you mentioned with a great motor and great work ethic, he gives you a chance early to make that transition.
The Texans seem really enticed by Reed’s athletic profile and short burst, which is totally consistent with their previous draft philosophies. Reed will slot in on the outside of the Texans 3-4 defense, alongside Brian Cushing, DeMeco Ryans, and Connor Barwin.
Apparently he was the second-rated linebacker on the Texans board, behind only Von Miller. So that’s something they can hang their hat on.