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Eric Reid Combine: Star Safety Ensured First-Round Status After Stellar Showing

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Onterio McCalebb #23 of the Auburn Tigers scores a touchdown past Eric Reid #1 of the LSU Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on September 22, 2012 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 26, 2013

The 2013 NFL draft class isn't as strong at safety as it has been in years gone by, with Eric Reid standing out as the lone potential first-round selection.

The LSU safety ensured his first-round selection with a strong showing at the 2013 NFL Scouting Combine, showing to be effective in the on-field drills as well as a dynamic athlete who is more than capable of progressing into a NFL-caliber player.

 

2013 NFL Scouting Combine Performance

40-yard dash: 4.53 seconds

Bench press: 17 reps

Vertical leap: 40.5 inches

Broad jump: 134.0 inches

Three-cone drill: 6.99 seconds

 

Whilst those numbers don't immediately jump off the page for Reid in terms of becoming an instant NFL star, they do show the potential that he has to be a real ball hawk at the back—chasing down receivers and moving effortlessly across the field.

Reports coming out from Indianapolis were all discussing the movement and agility that Reid showed—discussing his agility and surprising quickness.

Russ Lande at the National Football Post reported the following:

NFL people inside the stadium told us that Reid was surprisingly quick, nimble and athletic throughout his workout. He displayed the athleticism necessary to patrol the deep end of coverage and to adjust and change directions with ease.

Reid has the ability to play throughout a number of different coverage packages for teams in 2013. His raw speed and quick change of direction will allow him to make great plays on the ball when needed, and as an already-proven top tackler, Reid can patrol the middle with real dominance.

The LSU man is a genuine run-stopper who could chalk up incredible tackle numbers in the NFL depending on which team he gets drafted in this year.

Reid should go in the first round here following his strong showing at the combine—the bigger question now becomes as to which teams will be interested in picking up the fast, agile and potentially dominant safety in the 2013 NFL draft.

The New York Giants, Denver Broncos and Baltimore Ravens are all good fits for Reid depending on who is on the boards at the time of their selection. Depending on that, Reid could well go as high as someone like Carolina even, come draft day.

Either way, Reid should be a first-round selection in the NFL draft, with his speed and athleticism shown at the combine proving he can be a potential future star.

 

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All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

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