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Eric Reid, S, LSU: 2013 NFL Draft Player Profile


Height: 6’1″

Oct 20, 2012; College Station, TX, USA; LSU Tigers safety Eric Reid (1) in action against the Texas A

Weight: 213

Position Rank:

Drafted By: San Francisco 49ers (1st round, 18th overall)

40 Yard Dash: 4.53

Bench Press: 17

Vertical Jump: 40.5

Broad Jump: 134

20-Yard Shuttle: 4.22

2012 Stats:

Tackles For Loss
Misc. Defense
GPasses Broken UpQB HurriesFumbles ForcedKicks/Punts Blocked

Career Highlights

Played in all 13 games as a Freshman with starts in the final 3. Reid ended the season with 32 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, 2 interceptions with 3 passes defensed. As a Sophomore he started all 13 games for the Tigers. He amassed 76 tackles, 2 for a loss, 2 interceptions, 5 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles. He was voted second team All-American by Rivals.com and second team All-SEC by the Associated Press. He started all 13 games at safety for LSU. He had 91 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss, 2 interceptions and 9 passes defensed. He was voted a permanent team captain by his teammates. He was on the 2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll, first team All-SEC, and was voted either first team or second team All-American by various media outlets.

Career Stats

Tackles     TFL     Sacks     INT     PD     FF

199            4.5       0             6        17      2

Scouting Report/Player Notes

Strengths: Is the prototypical size for an NFL safety. Is extremely strong against the run. Reid is great when playing downhill. Is an explosive hitter, probably the best in this draft class. Isn’t exceptionally fluid, but does have surprising acceleration for his size. Has good straight line speed and plays 50/50 balls well. Has athleticism to handle TEs in the passing game. Has good enough hands to pick off balls thrown at him.

Weaknesses: Can be overly aggressive, jumping on short routes leaving the back half of the field open. Also can be overly aggressive on stretch plays, leaving cutback lanes open. Has problems covering quicker slot WRs. If he takes a wrong step, he may have trouble catching up to wide receivers. Wasn’t as good in 2012 as 2011 when he had Mathieu and Claiborne around him. 

Draft Projection: 2nd Round

Reid is a candidate to be an early entry into the NFL as a junior, possibly as the best free safety in the entire draft. Second team All-American and second team All-SEC athlete last year with 76 tackles, two interceptions, and three passes broken up. Also had two tackles behind the line and two fumbles forced. Just a dynamic playmaker who is projected to run in the 4.5 range, which is really good for a player of his size, but not great. Good athlete who is going to be the leader or quarterback of one of the best secondaries in college football. Does a very good job playing center field but is also good working upfield and playing the run. Has the ability to deliver a big hit across the middle.

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