PROS: Fast feet and fluid hips leads to sticky work in man coverage. Changes directions and transitions with ease. Exceptionally quick and he’s aggressive planting and driving. Lacks size but he is a competitor. Brings the fight at the catch point and he’s aggressive attacking the football. Wonderful ball production throughout his career on account of his natural ball tracking skills and technique. Impressive ability to establish his frame at the catch point and leverage routes. Savvy in zone coverage and he does a great job cuing the backfield and anticipating route combinations while adjusting his landmarks on the fly wonderfully. Plays above his weight class as a tackler.
CONS: Lacks size, length and play strength which presents matchup challenges and he is likely a slot only despite some really nice work outside in college. Turns 24 a few weeks after the draft. Missed 2017 due to a knee injury which don’t help ease questions about his lack of size. Has some moments where he gets antsy and there are lapses in technique and eye discipline.
BEST TRAIT - Quickness and Fluidity
WORST TRAIT - Length
RED FLAGS - 2017 knee injury
Penn State cornerback John Reid enters the NFL after starting 40 games in the Big 10 while racking up 37 passes defended and seven interceptions. Reid is a smart football player with fluid hips and rapid footwork that translate well to both man and zone coverage. He has good ball skills and competes like an alpha. With that said, Reid lacks size, length and play strength which limits him in terms of appeal on the outside and some matchups in the slot. Reid has the upside to be a starting nickel corner at the next level with a modest ceiling and high floor.