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Eric Reid | Safety

Team: LSU Tigers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/10/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 208

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49ers selected LSU SS Eric Reid with the No. 18 overall pick.
The 49ers traded up for Reid, sending the Nos. 31 and 74 overall picks to the Cowboys. Reid (6-1, 213) made 29 starts in LSU's secondary, recording 4.5 career tackles for loss and six interceptions. A straight-linish strong safety type, Reid displays stiff hips and takes too many poor tackling angles on film. He is a high-character prospect with great work ethic. Reid ran 4.53 in Indy with highly explosive jumps, reaching 40.5" in the vertical and 11-foot-2 in the broad. While Reid offers upside, he's going to struggle in one-on-one NFL coverage situations. He'll try to fill the shoes of first-team All-Pro Dashon Goldson, who signed with the Bucs in free agency. Thu, Apr 25, 2013 10:18:00 PM

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Some teams have red flagged LSU S Eric Reid due to "bad shoulders," according to Packers beat writer Bob McGinn.

McGinn went on to mock Reid to the Bengals. The link makes sense, because the Bengals have a need at the position and tend to drift towards prospects from bigger schools. They recently held a workout with FIU safety Johnathan Cyprien, however.
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 09:00:00 AM writer Bryan Broaddus believes the team's decision makers prefer LSU S Eric Reid over FIU S Johnathan Cyprien.

If the top two guards and top three defensive tackles are off the board, the Cowboys will likely decide between Reid, Kenny Vaccaro and Sylvester Williams. We think it would be a mistake to select Reid over Cyprien, but as unfair as it might be, some teams do value the level of consistent competition a prospect played against.
Sun, Apr 21, 2013 02:14:00 PM's Bucky Brooks writes that LSU S Eric Reid will be a star as a rookie in the pros.

"He is a bright defender who can handle the responsibility of controlling the back end," Brooks writes. "Most importantly, Reid is an athletic freak with the size, speed and agility to thrive as a centerfielder in the deep middle. Given the increased frequency of balls thrown between the hashes in the NFL, Reid's overall game and football intelligence will help him become a star as a rookie starter." Reid is physical specimen but frequently slow reading the game in our opinion.
Tue, Apr 16, 2013 04:27:00 PM

The Sideline View's Lance Zierlein talked with one NFL evaluator who said LSU S Eric Reid is on the rise.

Zierlein goes as far to note that Reid could go in the first-round. We think that is far too high for the LSU product, but some might value his perceived athletic upside. We think he gets overaggressive and flashes stiff hips when forced to change his angle. His late rise might indicate good character and white board evaluations.
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 02:43:00 PM

National Football Post's Russ Lande writes that NFL teams love LSU S Eric Reid's intangibles.

Reid seemingly excelled at his pro day, putting to rest questions about his cover skills and passing the intangibles test with flying colors. "He showed that he has great agility and coordination to change directions fast, the burst of acceleration to get to full speed fast and the elite speed to run with any slot receiver on deep routes," Lande writes. "In addition to possessing elite athleticism, Reid is viewed as a high character kid with the type of intangibles that NFL teams love. Sources at the workout told us that the LSU people rave about what an incredible young man Reid is and that whatever teams draft him is going to love character, work ethic and passion for the game."
Mon, Apr 1, 2013 07:20:00 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler tweeted that the more he watches LSU S Eric Reid, the less he likes.

Reid has a great frame and athleticism for the position, but he hasn't put it all together in a consistent package. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah recently stated that he wouldn't be surprised to see Reid in the first-round, but that was likely based on upside rather than current skill.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 11:54:00 AM

LSU S Eric Reid "could easily go in the first-round," according to NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah notes that "teams are split" on Reid, and that he didn't think the safety played like a first-round talent this year. "Tough evaluation." We expect the athletic safety to be available in the second-round, but there is likely some perceived upside there.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 11:46:00 AM

NFL Network's Bucky Brooks suggests that LSU S Eric Reid could be a target for the Packers in the late first-round.

Brooks notes that Packers GM Ted Thompson has always valued "height, weight, size, and speed" prospects, and the team needs a safety to fill the void Nick Collins left. Speaking of Reid, Brooks notes "he does what Ted likes to see on tape. He's very active, aggressive, and he has that size that he wants to build around." We think Reid will be available in the second-round.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 01:31:00 PM

NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah "can't get excited about" LSU S Eric Reid.

"Love size/speed but he misses too many tackles and he's late off the hash too often," Jeremiah tweeted. This assessment comes after a five game study, which is actually very thorough compared to other prospect evaluations. Reid is an athlete, but teams will have to turn tools into a finished product.
Tue, Mar 19, 2013 10:17:00 AM

LSU announced that junior S Eric Reid is declaring for the 2013 NFL Draft.

Reid has all the tools to thrive at the safety position, but the occasional missed tackle or mistake in coverage could make some team's cautious. Still, the well built junior will impress at the Combine and could be selected in the first-round.
Source: LSU Sports
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 12:09:00 PM

NFL Network draft analyst Chad Reuter compares LSU junior S Eric Reid to recent top-ten pick Mark Barron.

Reuter calls Reid "the next SEC safety on which scouts have their eye," and possesses the size, athleticism, intelligence, and toughness to be an impact player. Oklahoma junior Tony Jefferson, Texas senior Kenny Vaccaro, USC senior T.J. McDonald, and Georgia senior Shawn Williams make up the rest of the top-five. The safety position has been weak in recent years, but this group could change that in the 2013 Draft.
Fri, Jul 13, 2012 04:08:00 PM

SI's Tony Pauline considers LSU junior safety Eric Reid the second best draft-eligible defensive back prospect.

Pauline calls Reid "an intimidating force in the middle of the LSU defense" that excels versus the run while flashing in pass coverage. A safety that can play the run is great, but Reid needs to show more consistency in coverage, specifically taking the correct angles after reacting quickly with the ball in the air. We agree with Pauline that his "size and athleticism were made for the NFL".
Sat, Jun 30, 2012 11:41:00 PM