Texans Draft Eric Reid's Brother Justin; Twitter Surprised He Fell to 3rd Round

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

Stanford safety Justin Reid (8) during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. Stanford defeated Arizona 34-10. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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The Houston Texans selected Stanford safety Justin Reid with the No. 68 pick of the 2018 NFL draft Friday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

The Advocate's Scott Rabalais was on hand when Reid heard his name announced:

FanRag Sports' Jon Ledyard was surprised to see Reid fall into the third round:

Others echoed his sentiment:

Reid—the brother of 49ers safety Eric Reid—was an impact player all over the field last year for the Cardinal, grabbing five interceptions while ranking second on the team with 94 tackles. The Associated Press named him a second-team All-American.

The Pac-12 Network provided highlights of his impressive season:

His 6'0", 207-pound size and athleticism also translate well to the next level. At the NFL Scouting Combine, he ranked among the best safeties in the class with a 40-yard dash of 4.40 seconds and a three-cone drill of 6.65 seconds.

He is capable of covering the entire field as well as making up for mistakes if necessary. Meanwhile, he has the talent to line up at a variety of positions in the secondary, including both safety positions and even the slot in nickel packages.

Bleacher Report's Matt Miller listed Reid as the No. 4 safety in the class, comparing him to New Orleans Saints 2017 rookie Marcus Williams.

While the Stanford product has room to improve his consistency as a tackler, he has the ability to be an every-down contributor at the next level.

Reid will still have to earn his role with the Texans, but he has a chance to play right away and make an impact as a rookie.

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