He never quite reached those expectations, and Yahoo NFL insider Rand Getlin revealed a very good reason why on Saturday.
#Texas DE Cedric Reed played last season with a torn meniscus, which affected his explosiveness. Set to have surgery now to repair it.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) January 3, 2015
Reed followed up a 10-sack, 19-TFL season by tying for fourth on the club with 73 tackles plus 10 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, eight quarterback hits, one forced fumble, two pass breakups and two passes defended.
He was named a Second Team All-Big 12 performer for his efforts.
Two anonymous NFL executives told NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah that Reed was their most disappointing draft prospect this year. “He had a lot of production as a junior, but he’s just not making a lot of plays this year,” said one.
“I went and watched him live, and he didn’t do anything to get me excited,” added another.
With this knowledge now in circulation, one would think Reed’s 2014 season will now be viewed in entirely different light.