Cincinnati Bengals defensive line coach Jay Hayes was on hand during Princeton's Pro Day earlier this month to personally conduct Caraun Reid's workout in front of nine other teams.
Reid, projected as a mid-round defensive tackle prospect, ran a 4.85 40-yard dash with a 27.5 inch vertical. He stood on the rest of his Combine numbers -- including 20 reps on the bench press (225 pounds), a 8-foot-10 broad jump, 4.58-second shuttle and 7.59-second three-cone drill.
ESPN's scouting service, who ranks Reid as the tenth-best defensive tackle in the 2014 NFL draft, praises his pass rushing ability.
Possesses a lot of upside in this area. Above-average quickness and fires off the ball with good leverage. Displays a wide variety of pass rushing moves. Above-average explosiveness converting speed-to-power. Flashes as a counter puncher but still has room for development. Above-average closing burst.
Reid finished his collegiate career as a three-time first-team All-Ivy League and a two-time third-team FCS All-American awards. Also finished as a finalist for Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year with 20.5 quarterback sacks in his career and 41 tackles-for-loss.
He believes in his potential.
"I do believe I have great potential. One of the things, being at Princeton, I have to do a lot of studying. The studying takes a lot of my day. Being able to focus on football will be huge for me. I think my potential and my ability will skyrocket," Reid said via Packers.com.
If Cincinnati were to draft Reid, it would be indicative of their declining confidence in players like Devon Still and/or Brandon Thompson, neither of whom adequately offered much of a pass rush after Geno Atkins suffered a season-ending ACL injury. To be fair, Thompson is a more natural one-technique defensive tackle that would eventually replace Domata Peko.