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With the 141st overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans selected Penn State cornerback John Reid.
After redshirting during his junior season, Reid came back with vengeance in 2019. In 13 starts, Reid finished with 37 tackles (2.5 tackles for loss) and two interceptions. Reid was an All-Big Ten honorable mention honoree.
Reid has fast and fluid hips that translate to both man and zone coverage. In man, he’s sticky and provides a challenge for receivers trying to get by him. In zone, he’s smart and can get to his benchmarks with talent. His football IQ, hips and competitive toughness makes him an intriguing player who comes into the NFL with 40 starts under his belt.
At 5-10 and 180 pounds, Reid lacks the ideal size for the position, which hurts his length. Combining the size with a knee injury that forced him to miss his junior season adds to the size concerns. If Scott cleans up the lapses in technique he struggles with, the size may not matter much at the next level, especially with his strong hips.
Competitive press nickel who uses mirror quickness and controlled hand work to make press release uncomfortable for receivers. Reid’s body control and balance allow him to play a stickier brand of coverage underneath, but that coverage will fade as routes progress. -Lance Zierlein, NFL Network
Reid best projects as a valuable press nickel cornerback at the next level. Even with the size concerns, which can prove to be trouble with the proper mismatches, his value is clear. Expect Reid to be a rotational defensive piece for a team that lacks the depth in the cornerback room.
While Lonnie Johnson and Bradley Roby will take most of the snaps in base, his value will be clear immediately and could continue to improve and move towards a starting spot in the nickel.