Justin Reid, S
As much as Ejiofor might be a steal, Justin Reid might be more of one. Reid was projected to be a borderline first-round pick in the 2018 draft. I’m sure Brian Gaine and company were never expecting to have the opportunity to select him.
Somehow, Reid slipped all the way to the middle of the third round. Reid has everything you want in a starting safety. He has tremendous size that he pairs with excellent athleticism. He also produced very well in his three years at Stanford.
After the Houston Texans brought in Tyrann Mathieu, it was expected that Andre Hal would be his running mate. Hal was diagnosed with cancer in the offseason and will miss the 2018 season, our thoughts and prayers are with him. The Texans drafted Reid and converted Kareem Jackson to safety.
Jackson and Reid have been battling all offseason for the right to run in the first unit with the Honey Badger. So far, Reid has earned that right. Not only has he earned the right to regular season snaps but, he has earned the right to start.
After having an overexcited, over-aggressive game against the Chiefs, Reid settled in more in his second game. He led the Houston Texans with six total tackles Saturday night and showed very well in both pass coverage and run defense.