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After excelling in Ivy League, Detroit's Reid excited for shot at NFL career

FILE - In this May 16, 2014 file photo, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Caraun Reid is interviewed by the media during the Lions rookie camp in Allen Park, Mich. Reid is named after the doctor who delivered him. He doesn't wear glasses during games because he's more aggressive without them. He also comes with a Princeton pedigree. The Lions are hoping this fifth-round pick can become a solid contributor on the defensive line.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

FILE - In this May 16, 2014 file photo, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Caraun Reid is interviewed by the media during the Lions rookie camp in Allen Park, Mich. Reid is named after the doctor who delivered him. He doesn't wear glasses during games because he's more aggressive without them. He also comes with a Princeton pedigree. The Lions are hoping this fifth-round pick can become a solid contributor on the defensive line. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)  (The Associated Press)

Almost immediately after being drafted in the fifth round by the Detroit Lions, Caraun Reid was fielding questions about his SAT score, his hardest class and his interests off the field.

But although the defensive tackle from Princeton comes across as pleasant and mild mannered when answering questions, it's his more combative side — between the lines on the field — that may determine his NFL future.

The 6-foot-2, 305-pound Reid led Princeton to an Ivy League championship last season and became the school's first player drafted in the top five rounds since 1966. The Lions already have two powerful defensive tackles in Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley, so they can afford to let Reid develop.

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