Weight: 194 lbs.
J.R. Reed a ball-hawking safety with strong anticipation and ball skills who can make plays tackling, as well. He consistently takes down ball carriers and has great closing speed when pursuing the ball on the ground or in the air. He has a solid frame and plays with enough physicality to force drops or fumbles.
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Reed is an aggressive player, which can backfire and lead to over-pursuing on blitzes. Also, he doesn’t have the range or raw speed to excel at free safety in the NFL, so he’d likely be limited to playing strong safety in most cases.
Why he may fit with Washington:
The Redskins were below average against the pass in 2019 and need an infusion of talent on defense. Head coach Ron Rivera needs to add players in the secondary, likely in both the draft and free agency, and Reed has an intriguing skill set as a run defender and playmaker in the secondary.
J.R. Reed has made enough plays at Georgia to warrant an early Day 3 selection, as his toughness and knack for making plays are appealing, but his lack of top speed and range may keep him from being a consistent starter in the NFL, at least not immediately.
Projected Round: 5th