Nicholas Matthew Reed is a defensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him with the 247th overall pick in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Reed was drafted after playing four seasons for the Oregon Ducks. Reed is 6-feet, 3-inches tall and weighs 245 pounds.
Prep Career
Reed attended Mission Viejo High School in Los Angeles and was selected to the All-Orange County Region by the L.A. Times as a senior. He was also named defensive player of the year by the Orange County Register. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 64 defensive end recruit in the class of 2005, and he committed to Oregon, choosing the Ducks over a number of other Pac-10 schools.
College Career
After playing sparingly as a true freshman, Reed moved into the starting lineup for the final games of the 2006 season. He made significant strides forward as a junior, recording 60 total tackles and leading the Pac-10 with 22.5 tackles for loss. Reed was a semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Award and earned second team All-America honors from Sports Illustrated. As a senior, Reed was a first team All-American selection, breaking the school's career record for sacks (29.5). He finished second in Oregon history with 51.5 career tackles for loss, and was a semifinalist for the Draddy Award, commonly referred to as the "Academic Heisman".
NFL Career
Reed was selected in the seventh round (247th overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks. Before the 2009 season, Reed signed a four-year/$1.791M contract with the Seahawks.