The other day I was talking to a Dallas Cowboys fan over my recent mock draft for the Cowboys. In it I had Dallas drafting LSU safety Eric Reid in the second round and he loved the pick. I happen to like Reid a lot, while others still aren’t quite sure about the prospect, so I figured Reid would be an interesting player to breakdown.
Positives: Reid has the perfect size, 6-1 and around 215 pounds, and frame for the position. In today’s NFL, the league takes a brutal toll on a player so having the size to withstand the abuse of a 16 game season is a huge piece of the pie. With the mentality of a linebacker, Reid’s aggressive style leads to big hits and he explodes through his tackles.
Reid has the athleticism and the physicality to play both the run and the pass, and his mind for the game has him in the right position on most plays. He reads and reacts well, which allows him to play his fast and aggressive style of football.
Negatives: Reid’s aggression is sometimes too reckless and his love for the knockout blow doesn’t allow him to wrap up and make the sure tackle, which is not a great trait for the last line of defense. Reid is also a little stiff in coverage and needs to learn better technique but coaching at the next level can help with some of that.
Overall: I like Reid as a prospect and can see him being taken off the board somewhere in the second round. He’s a tough, smart, fearless player who is always around the ball. If your team needs a leader in the secondary, Reid would make a great fit. Many people will compare him to another LSU safety, LaRon Landry, but I don’t think that’s accurate. I think he’s more of an Adrian Wilson type and will fit in well in the NFL.