Justin Reid hasn’t gotten a lot of love, but he’s one of the most well-rounded players in this draft class. Reid is great in coverage and fares well against the run too. And his final season at Stanford showcased what he might be capable of at the NFL level.
Reid had a massive leap in production from his sophomore season, and recorded a career-high 94 tackles and also grabbed five interceptions. In coverage, Reid was able to fare very well in underneath coverage and showed a good ability to locate the ball when he was working with help over the top. He has good coverage instincts, and that will make him a solid player right away at the NFL level.
Reid’s tackling ability is also fairly good, and that will allow him to work a bit in the box. He is more of an above average tackler, but that makes him a solid all-around type player.
The only thing that might hold back Reid is the fact that he doesn’t have any one elite skill. He really is a jack-of-all-trades, master of none type player, but that shouldn’t detract teams from taking him early. It just may push him a bit further down draft boards if they elect to take players with more potential.
Still, Reid is going to be a solid NFL player. He has a good bloodline, as his brother, Eric Reid, was once a first round pick out of LSU, and he has been compared to HaHa Clinton-Dix, per WalterFootball.com’s Charlie Campbell. If Reid can be anything close to what Clinton-Dix has provided the Packers, the team that lands him will be ecstatic.