Justin Reid has been a name gaining steam lately and with good reason, too. He comes from an athletic family. His dad ran track at LSU and his older brother Eric played football there, too, until he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2013. Justin attended Stanford but plays the same position as big brother.
He played sparingly as a freshman making just 21 tackles in nine games. With more playing time came more production making 11 starts as a sophomore and registered 55 tackles and seven deflected passes. This past season was his best with 94 tackles, an interception and six defended passes. After three years, the safety decided to enter the 2018 Draft and is currently projected as a late first to early second round pick.
Reid is already receiving calls and has six private workouts already scheduled with the Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, Detroit Lions, Seattle Seahawks and the Carolina Panthers. I have no doubt this kid will get drafted; it is just a matter of when.
The talent is definitely there if you look at the film. Reid is a good all-around safety with vision and ball skills. He is also a reliable open-field tackler, but he does have his downfalls. Reid is guilty of taking poor tackling angles and giving up the big play. He also lined up as a slot cornerback but was exposed by USC in the Pac – 12 Championship game. They went after Reid who was constantly beaten by slot receivers.
Check out this Pac – 12 Championship highlights, you will see Reid on the wrong end of multiple plays:
Justin Reid has some things to work on, but the talent is still there and he does everything pretty well. Check out this highlight video, he even makes some plays against USC: