Haason Reddick can't stop smiling. One can even feel the smile over the phone. Reddick, the former walk-on from Temple, could very well find himself being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.
Now listed at 6-foot-2 and 237-pounds, Reddick, who had 22.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 playing defensive end as a senior, is leaving for the Combine on Wednesday. The linebackers will do their on-field work on Sunday.
"It is very exciting," Reddick said in a phone interview. "I have worked very hard to be here and the fact that it is happening, I am living my dream."
Reddick's stock soared at workouts for the Senior Bowl and then during the game itself. Senior Bowl Executive director Phil Savage said that Reddick "elevated his draft stock more than any othe prospect…"
"I have got to say thank you to Phil Savage for inviting me," said Reddick, a graduate of South Jersey's Haddon Heights High. "I was able to seize the opportunity as best as I could."
There is a lot of buzz surrounding Reddick. He has been listed as a potential first round draft in more than one NFL mock draft.
"It's great to see but I try not to pay too much attention to it," Reddick said.
Reddick, who will attend Temple's Pro Day on March 8, is looking to build off his Senior Bowl performance at the Combine in Indianapolis.
"I will go there with the same approach as the Senior Bowl, which is to attack," he said. "I want to go down there and give everyting I have and take a dominating approach."
Reddick is one of four Temple players at the Combine. The others are running back Jahad Thomas, offensive lineman Dion Dawkins and cornerback Nate Hairston.
"I miss my Temple brothers and I can't wait to see those guys," Reddick said.
Reddick has been working out in Arizona, preparing for the Combine and his Pro Day at Temple.
"I have been working really hard," he said. "I want be a best prepared as I can be."