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Scouting the draft: LSU S Eric Reid

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  March 31, 2013 07:00 AM

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Name: Eric Reid, S, LSU

Overview: A second-team AP All-American, All-SEC first team, and All-SEC academic honor roll member in 2012, Reid has opted to forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft. As one of the top safeties on the board, his name is automatically entered into the Patriots' draft lexicon. Reid was more than impressive in his tenure at LSU. He recorded 91 tackles (41 solo), two interceptions and seven passes defensed in 2012. He had 10 tackles in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. As a free safety, he's shown that he can be in the right spot at the right time and is a good tackler in space. His highlight tape (above) shows he can break down and take down larger defenders. There's optimism that he can still bulk up and become a more dangerous hitter over the middle of the field. If there's one drawback, as NFL.com notes, he can be overaggressive, jumping on routes in front of him. But he's certainly got the chops to play in the NFL and do so at a high level. He's projected anywhere from the late first to second round.

Height: 6-1
Weight: 213

Workout results
40-yard dash: 4.53
Vertical: 40.5 inches
Broad jump: 134.0 inches
3-cone drill: 6.99
20-yard shuttle: 4.22

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