When you think of LSU, you think defense. This year has been no different as the LSU defense has been one of the best in the entire nation.
They lost a big part of their defense this week as junior safety and All-American Eric Reid has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.
Reid is rated the No. 3 junior safety in this year’s draft class according to draft expert Mel Kiper Jr. and many feel he will be chosen in the first three rounds. He is one of five LSU Tigers leaving school early to pursue NFL aspirations.
He joins former LSU safety Tyrann Mathieu by entering the draft and called the decision ‘difficult’ and thanked the coaches and players for his time at the school:
“I’ve been very fortunate and blessed to have been able to play football at LSU. It was always my dream to go to LSU and play football.”
There is no doubt that this is a tough loss for the Tigers, but it was the right choice for the young athlete.
In his junior season, Reid recorded 91 tackles and two interceptions– monster numbers for a defensive back. He finished the season as a consensus All-American, becoming the sixth to be honored with that title as a defensive back under Les Miles.
Reid is just one of a handful of LSU Tigers to be on the move to the next level and a few still have decisions to make. Reid made the right choice because most NFL teams need a solid safety. He is striking while the iron is hot and that will pay off in the end.