The Underrated Stanford Safety: Justin Reid
The Philadelphia Eagles will have a wide array of impact players that they can pick with the 32nd pick in the upcoming draft. The team’s biggest needs are at the running back, linebacker, wide receiver and safety positions. The Eagles will be meeting with underrated Stanford safety Justin Reid soon.
If the last name Reid sounds familiar, it’s because Justin is the younger brother of former San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid. The Eagles are reportedly very interested in Reid. Furthermore, in a broad draft class, Reid would be a nice value pick at the 32nd slot.
— Stanford Football (@StanfordFball) October 4, 2017
Reid’s Dominance at Stanford
Justin spent three seasons on the farm, and his production increased every season In his junior season, Reid recorded 99 tackles five interceptions and one sack. His five interceptions ranked 11th in the entire nation. Reid earned second-team Associated Press All-American recognition in his junior season. His sophomore season performance also earned him honorable mention All-PAC12 honors.
Reid’s versatility will be a massive plus in the NFL. He can play as a slot corner, play in the box and play as a deep safety. Reid also possesses a high football IQ as well as recognition and reaction time. Reed also has faced top quarterback prospects Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen and recorded interceptions against both quarterbacks. In 11 out of the 13 games he played in during his junior season, Reid recorded six or more tackles.
— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) November 22, 2017
From The West Coast To The East Coast
Reid tested well at the NFL combine running a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash. He also produced a 36.5-inch vertical jump. At 6’1 205 pounds, Reid has everything you want in a safety. It’s no secret the Eagles need depth at the position with the losses of Jaylen Watkins and Corey Graham.
The Eagles love to play with three safeties, and Reid would immediately find playing time. Also, having the chance to learn from Malcolm Jenkins and Rodney Mcleod, Reid could be the future at the safety position.
Reid will visit the Eagles in April. Reid would add a dynamic element to the Eagles defense. While the team passed on safety Tyrann Mathieu, Reid’s versatility has to intrigue the Eagles. Malcolm Jenkins’ ability to play the slot could allow the team to rotate both.
He can also be on the field in the team’s dime package. Looking to follow in his brother’s footsteps, make sure to keep your eyes on underrated Stanford safety Justin Reid as we approach the NFL Draft.
— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) October 9, 2017
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