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2013 Draft Preview: Eric Reid

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As  a Sophmore Reid racked up 76 tackles (53 solo), which was tied for the team lead. He also had two interceptions, two tackles for a loss, two forced fumbles and one recovered fumble. One of those interceptions came in their first game against Alabama. It was when Alabama was driving for the go ahead touchdown on LSU’s 1 yard line in the fourth quarter. It preserved a 6-6 tie which led to LSU winning in overtime.

Pros: Reid is a very well rounded safety. He plays very well against the run and is very good in coverage. He is a good athlete for a player his size but not a great one. He has very good instincts which help him get in good position on the ball. Has good body control. Has the ability to make the big hit on the WR over the middle. Leads with his shoulder and not his head so he doesn’t lose sight of who he is trying to tackle.

Cons: Hits with his shoulder a little too much and doesn’t wrap up as often as he should. That is about the only con I could find to his game.

Draft Projection: Mid first round. Possible earlier with a big 2012 season as we seen with Mark Barron.

He has the look of a guy who can come into the NFL and start right away. He makes the big plays in coverage which is what the Bengals are lacking in a safety. However he can also come up in the box and play the run with the big boys. This is the kind of guy I would love to see in the Bengals Secondary.

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