Houston Texans: 2018 draft report card looks sharp despite late start

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Justin Reid /
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Justin Reid
Justin Reid /

68th Overall: Justin Reid, Safety Stanford

Let me be clear, I love this pick.

MANY draft sites had Reid extremely high. Some viewed him as a fringe first-round prospect. However, come draft day he took a nose dive down the board. When the Houston Texans saw this free fall, they adjusted their plan and took the Stanford standout.

Reid has good size, 6’1″ and 207 lbs, to pair with great speed, 4.40 in the forty yard dash at the combine. He is fast, fluid, and versatile. Reid can man either safety position in a pinch, but his aggressive style will be a better fit on the strong side.

However, in spite of his aggressive tackling, he has some pretty impressive ball skills. He has a knack for constantly being around the ball. Whether it be in the air or on the ground.

Worst case scenario for Reid is he turns into a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none. Even if that is the case, he should turn into a starter to pair with Mathieu. For a third-round pick that’s pretty great.

Ultimately, I believe Reid will turn out better than that. Reid may end up having Pro-Bowl potential if his technique gets refined.

Grade: A+