2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Eric Reid, S, LSU

Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Here is one final 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profile for you, this one on LSU safety Eric Reid.

I felt confident that no matter who the New York Giants picked in the first round we would have done a prospect profile for that player, but in the past day a name has popped up a couple of times that I think is definitely possible for the Giants to select -- and it's also a player that I mocked to the Giants in the second round in my mock for Monday.

If it's true that the No. 16 player and No. 75 player are virtually no different - -it is impossible to predict the pick this year, but I'd like to have a profile for the pick so here we go.

Pros

Near prototype size (6-foot-1, 213 pounds) with plus speed (4.53 40-yard dash) and top notch athleticism for the safety position. Reid is equally adept and playing the pass and coming down into the box to make plays. Reid has sideline to sideline range and pretty good ball skills.

Cons

Inconsistent player who has periods of bone-headed mistakes. Play was superior in 2012 than it was in 2011. He has good straight line speed, but some question his recovery speed -- and instincts in the passing game.

Player comparison: Mark Barron (NFL.com)

Does he fit the Giants?

Reid does fit the Giants. Ralph Vacchiano just mentioned him as a possibility at 19, which surprised me, but makes sense upon reflection. Reid is the most physically gifted athlete in this class and it's a position the Giants will consider. I've been consistent in saying that I think Kenny Vaccaro is a pick if available, but I have not thought he'd make it past 16. Reid seems to have entered this draft range and could be the pick.

Prospect Video

Final Thoughts

I had Reid ranked as a third-round prospect, but I might have been too harsh on him. My problem with Reid is that I like ascending players and I get real worried about guys who don't improve greatly. I don't think Reid took the step forward in 2012 like I expected him too -- he was a first-round player before the season started for me. He has everything you look for, but I just can't figure out why he was so inconsistent. He has the potential to be a better player than Kenny Phillips because he's slightly more athletic and I think longer (Phillips didn't have his arm measurements at the combine that I can find, but Reid looks longer) but I thought Phillips was better and more consistent in college.

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