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Isn’t it enough that Princeton is filled with all those smart people? The school needs to produce great NFL prospects too?
Maybe great is a bit over-the-top for a guy whom CBS Sports grades as a fourth-round selection, but after seeing him in Mobile, I was impressed.
The biggest worry with any of these small-school players, no matter how good, is the quality of opposition. The NFL is the best of the best. Can he stack up?
In Mobile, I feel like he answered that question for the most part. Reid consistently beat offensive linemen in drills, and I often saw the orange stripe of his Princeton helmet in the backfield.
Now he is give teams another chance to gauge how he really looks next to prospects from the bigger schools, and I expect him to shine.
One thing that I have read in some scouting reports, such as CBS Sports’, is that he might be too smart or “well-rounded off the field.”
I hate that analysis and the idea that a smart guy isn’t going to care about football. Plenty of very smart individuals line up every Sunday and have for years. Most of them are quarterbacks but not all.
Of course, one only has to remember Myron Rolle to know that some positions don’t seem to have that latitude.
A recent article by Aaron Gordon of SBNation wonders if Rolle’s failure to stick was because of his intelligence. There is some debate about that, and ESPN’s Paul Kuharsky isn’t wrong to point out that maybe Rolle just wasn’t good enough.
But we should also remember his intelligence and choice to be a Rhodes Scholar was a negative for some scouts when he was drafted.
So it will be interesting to see if Reid’s Princeton degree comes up in a positive or negative light, if it does at all.
I expect his production to be very solid though, so he’s a name worth knowing.