Preseason Player Profile: Eric Reid

Eric Reid

Safety

6’2” 208 lbs.

LSU

 

-In a secondary loaded with talent Reid was often overlooked. He brings a physicality and attitude to that defense that I didn’t see from any other player.

 

-Last year as a sophomore I really was impressed with how he helped in the run game. Against Miss St, Alabama, and Auburn, he was a physical presence that was key in slowing their talented running games.

 

-One thing you notice when you turn on his tape is that he lives for the big hit. He loves to square up on a ball carrier and lower his shoulder or lunge for those highlight reel booming hits. Generally I am against this type of play, because a well-timed spin move or cut could leave Reid embarrassed on the ground. However, he is such a sure tackler when he does it that he may be the exception.

 

-He is built like your classic strong safety. He is a great guy to have in the box to help defend in the run game against teams like Cleveland, Jacksonville, and San Francisco. However, if you need him to cover slot wide receivers like Kendall Wright, Wes Welker, and Joe Adams you will be disappointed.

 

-Great height and downhill speed for his position.

 

-He has experience in a winning dominant defense so the NFL transition may not be as tough for him.

 

-Very poised in big games and does some of his most impressive work in situations where big plays are needed.

 

-LSU’s talent level in the secondary over the last few years is exceptional for any team, and when you have a group like that some talented guys always seem to get overlooked. Eric Reid isn’t a complete safety but he can fill a need for a lot of teams. He is versatile enough to be in on a number of packages and can contribute early on special teams if coaches feel he needs polishing. If his 2012 campaign is similar to his 2011 season, I would have no trouble drafting him in the top 100, and he could even see his name get called in the late first round depending on which teams are there.

About Will Lomas

Grew up in a town in Tennessee named Dyersburg, and played ball there. When I realized I was too small to play college ball, I found my passion in breaking down game film, analyzing athletes, and finding the little things that decides whether a player is good, bad, or great.

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