DJ Reed Draft Profile

DJ Reed draft profile

Strengths:

  • Known as a hard worker on field and off
  • Extremely confident
  • Extremely confident
  • Plays with a chip on his shoulder in coverage
  • Has history of high-end ball production at every stop dating back to high school
  • Gets to top gear quickly
  • Tenacious tackler
  • Plus timing and hand-eye coordination
  • Elite return specialist
  • Open field vision like a running back helps him to weave free of danger

Analysis: DJ Reed is a future slot corner who has the athleticism to handle mirror and match coverage and the toughness to step up and take on tackle responsibilities. Reed lacks size, but not heart. He’s passionate and confident and outplays his height on a consistent basis. Reed’s talent as a return specialist could gain him instant opportunities and his work won’t hurt his cause. Reed has the mental and physical makeup to become a solid pro as both a return man and a sub-package cornerback. He can get to his top speed quickly and that allows him to stay with the quickest of receivers. Despite his lack of size, DJ Reed is a willing and solid tackler–he will take on anyone no matter his size. Return skills are elite and he looks like a running back with the ball in his hands.

Weaknesses:

  • Short in stature
  • Lack of ideal size could make him a target down the field
  • Frequently turned around in coverage
  • High point challenges against big slots could be tricky
  • Aggression turns to grabbing and tugging on jerseys
  • Gets big-boyed at times

Analysis: DJ Reed lacks the ideal size that would make him a top pick, but his skills and confidence are there. When matched up against bigger, more powerful receivers he can struggle, getting turned around easily, losing the 50-50 ball matchup. He is an aggressive corner, but could use some patience in his game–too grabby as he goes down the field. Bigger receivers can body him up throughout their route.

Size: 5’9 188lbs

Draft Grade: 4th Round

NFL Comparison: Cyrus Jones

Draft Projection: Round 4-5

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