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Eric Reid is a better player than Mark Barron. Period.
It is easy to forget Reid because of the stars that performed alongside him. Tyrann Mathieu and Morris Claiborne formed the best cornerback tandem in the nation, so Reid often didn't get the credit he deserved.
Even now, the pass rushing duo of Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, seem to be getting more hype than this playmaking safety.
He has great size at 6'2", but he also has great movement and range, can close on the ball in a flash and make plays that alter the course of a game.
What makes him a better prospect than Barron is that he is equally comfortable at both the free safety and strong safety. This versatility makes him very valuable. He is terrific in run support but it's his playmaking instincts that make him a special player.
His amazing interception against Alabama provides evidence of that ability.
He also has rare pass-coverage ability for a safety, a needed attribute when going up against NFL tight ends such as Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis.
The safety class of 2013 will be better than that of 2012, so he may not go as high as Mark Barron did.
However, if he has the season I expect him to, he will be the best safety to enter the NFL since Eric Berry.