LSU FS Eric Reid Officially Enters NFL Draft

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJanuary 4, 2013

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Eric Reid #1 of the LSU Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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LSU safety Eric Reid has decided to take his talents to the next level. He is officially entering the 2013 NFL draft. According to LSU's website, Reid had this to say: 

I've been very fortunate and blessed to have been able to play football at LSU. It was always my dream to go to LSU and play football.

I want to thank Coach (Les) Miles and all of the people that played a role to get me to this point in my life. This was a very difficult decision because I always wanted to be a Tiger and I love LSU. But, after careful consideration and talking with my family, I feel like this is the right time to make this decision. I will always be a LSU Tiger.

Reid was the heart and soul of one of the nation's best defenses, but with financial security and NFL fame available, he decided to forgo his senior season and make the jump.

He'll come to the NFL on the strength of a solid junior season. 

He had 81 total tackles and two interceptions, but Reid's impact was bigger than statistics. He was the quarterback of the Tigers' defense that was No. 9 against the run and No. 20 against the pass.

Much of what Reid brought to the Tigers was about leadership and on-field presence. NFL teams will likely be looking to get a similar impact from Reid on Sundays.

Reid should be fairly attractive to NFL teams. He's been a three-year starter for a premier college defense, and he played in at least 12 games in all three seasons.

Charlie Campbell of Walter Football said this of Reid:

There is a lot for NFL talent evaluators to like about Reid. He is extremely well-rounded as a run defender and in pass defense. Reid has good instincts that allow him to fly around the field and get in position to make plays. He should only be quicker as he gains a better understanding of offenses.

Matt De Lima of FF Toolbox isn't as sold on Reid, though he does believe he projects as a second-round pick. He wrote: 

This 6'2", 212-pounder is at his best playing a center field role where he can drop into a zone and diagnose the play in front of him. He has an adequate ability to break on the ball and displays an excellent awareness. While lacking some straight line speed, Reid has a great feel for where the play will be and putting himself in a position to make plays.

In run support, he is average at best. He can wrap in open space but does not shine or excel in open-field situations. Reid over-pursues and struggles staying on assignment when running sideline-to-sideline.

It is obvious Reid has some strengths. He appears to be a player that could develop into a solid Cover-2 safety, but we'll have to wait and see where he lands.


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