The Redskins addressed an offensive need with their second pick Friday night, selecting Florida pass-catching tight end Jordan Reed in the third round (85th overall).
Current first-string tight end Fred Davis is coming off left Achilles’ tendon surgery and is in the last year of his contract. Reed is a pass-catching threat in that mold.
“I couldn’t ask for a better situation,” he said on a teleconference Friday night.
Reed converted to tight end only two seasons ago after arriving at Florida as a quarterback. He started at quarterback in the 2011 Outback Bowl against Penn State.
At 6-2, 236 pounds, he’s a bit undersized for a tight end. The tradeoff there is athleticism running routes. He led the Gators with 45 receptions for 559 yards and three touchdowns. His 4.72-second 40-yard dash at the combine was the seventh-fastest among tight ends.
Reed, who is from New London, Conn., had no contact with the Redskins before the draft.
“I had no idea I was going to get picked by Washington,” he said.