Eric Reid S LSU #1
Size/Athleticism: Taller than the average safety and has an athletic build to go with his height. He’s a prototypical free safety in coverage but has the strength and willingness to play the run necessary to play strong safety as well. He’s a well rounded athlete who could contribute in a versatile role in the secondary. Straight-line speed is decent, but he really stands out for his speed in short bursts. He has the explosive burst to make up for mistakes and also close quickly in run support.
Coverage: A prototypical center fielder. Doesn’t line up in man coverage often and lacks the elite foot quickness to excel against slot receivers. Does a nice job reading the quarterback in zone coverage. However, he is overaggressive at times and he will bite on pump fakes and try to jump routes.
Ball skills: Elite leaping ability. Times his jumps well and does a great job battling for jump balls down the field. He does a nice job putting himself in position to fight for the ball.
Run support: Willing to step up in run support. He’s a hard hitter who won’t shy away from contact with bigger ball carriers. Takes consistent angles in pursuit and puts himself in position to make plays.
Intangibles: Team captain 2012.
Durability: Slowed by a quad injury in 2011.
Comments: Reid the potential to be an asset as a versatile safety who can excel against the run and as the centerfielder in coverage. However, he needs to be smarter in his decision making. He is overaggressive in every aspect of the game and his gambles won’t pay off as often in the NFL.