NFL Draft’s Potential Patriots: LSU safety Eric Reid
|04.04.13 at 7:15 am ET|
WEEI.com will continue to offer daily insight and analysis regarding options that might be available to the Patriots when it comes to the 2013 NFL draft. Here is one is a series of profiles of players who could be on the board when it’s time for the Patriots to make a selection.
Weight: 213 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-America first team (AFCA Coaches, FWAA, ESPN, ESPN.com, Scout.com), 2012 All-America second team (AP, Walter Camp, Athlon Sports, CBSsports.com, SI.com), 2012 All-SEC first team (AP, Coaches, CBSSports.com, ESPN.com), 2012 SEC academic honor roll, 2011 All-SEC second team (AP), 2011 SEC academic honor roll
What he brings: Reid has the talent and range to make an impact in the NFL. He has the ideal frame for the position and is fast and athletic, with a strong ability to read plays and adapt. He’s an explosive tackler, and CBS Sports’ Rob Rang says he has “the speed and physicality of a linebacker rather than a defensive back.” However, that explosive physicality may be his one downfall: He can get too aggressive in pursuit of tackles at times and get beaten on those plays as a result. His violent hits could have repercussions for him, in the form of injuries or blown plays, at the next level. However, if teams believe he can keep himself under control and harness that aggression in a positive way, he could be the first safety off the board in the draft.
Where the Patriots could get him: Round 2
Notes: Reid missed just one game in his three years at LSU, against Arkansas in 2011 with a thigh injury, so his aggressive play hasn’t taken a physical toll on him yet. In his final season at LSU, Reid had 91 tackles, seven pass breakups and two interceptions. … He’s on track to graduate in 3½ years with a business administration degree. … His father, Eric Reid Sr., was a three-time All-America hurdler for LSU (1984-87).
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Video: Here’s a look at Reid vs. South Carolina in 2012.