CB D.J. Reed, Kansas St.*

5’9″ – 188 lbs. – 4.51

Redshirted the 2014 season at Fresno St., then transferred to Cerritos College for a year before ending up at Kansas St., where he spent the past two seasons starting before declaring for the draft. Undersized cornerback who lines up on the right side of the defense, often playing well off the line of scrimmage but also coming up to present press-man looks at times as well. Takes limited snaps out of the slot. A very good competitor who has the temperament of a successful cornerback. Has the quick feet to match an opposing release at the line of scrimmage, with good speed and agility to carry opponents down the field or through their breaks in man coverage. Pretty smooth backpedal with good balance; typically backpedaled from nearly ten yards off the line of scrimmage. When playing press, uses his arms to challenge opponents at the line. Can get a little bit grabby down the sidelines, which could result in penalties at the next level. Has good burst to close when targeted, and when he’s able to plant and drive on a spot in front of him. Competitive player at the catch point who is able to locate the ball, time his jumps, and break up passes. Exhibits soft hands to make the interception when he’s in position to do so. Has a good feel for routes developing underneath (rubs, short slants, screens, etc.) and likes to come up and get physical with opponents. Quickness and aggression when working around or attacking blockers in the screen game is impressive. Doesn’t shy away from making tackles, but is a somewhat weak tackler whose lack of length and size gives him a relatively small tackling radius and poor stopping power; more of an ankle-grabbing tackler who falls off of some attempts. Can be sucked inside by misdirection and needs to play with more discipline on the edge in order to funnel runners back inside to his teammates. Also a weapon on special-teams who ran back a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns this past season; averaged over thirty-four yards on seventeen kicks and nearly fifteen yards on the same amount of punts. A little bit difficult to evaluate because he often played well off the line of scrimmage as a boundary cornerback in college, but projects as more of a slot option at the pro level; is temperamentally and athletically suited to transition inside, but leaves a little bit to be desired as a tackler.

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