Greg Reid: Draft Prospect Preview

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Remember this guy?  The once play maker for the Florida State Seminoles, cornerback Greg Reid, will be going into the draft trying to keep the ship that is his career from sinking.

Reid was at Florida State until he was kicked off the team before the start of his senior season.  He was kicked off because of violating team rules after being arrested for the second time while at Florida State; yeah I would say that’s warrants for his removal of the team.  Reid would transfer to play at Valdosta State, but would injure his knee, tearing his ACL, before the season started and was out for the entire year.  So he didn’t even get to play his senior year, but yet he was still invited to the NFL Combine which shows how much talent and potential this guy does have.

At Florida State Reid showed everyone the kind of player that he could be, a great one.  The ability to lock-down anyone and make fantastic plays on the defense as well.  He would finish with 7 career interceptions and 32 career passes knocked down, showing that he has the ability to force turnovers.  He was also a very dangerous return man which makes him an even more valuable commodity.  More of a punt returner, he had 3 career touchdowns and averaged at least 10 yards a return each season.  His ability to be a dangerous returner is something that can separate him from other players being selected in the draft.

He doesn’t possess world-class speed, but he does have the speed to run with receivers down the field.  He is a very instinctive player and has great awareness on the field.  His natural football instincts allow him to always find himself around the ball and give him a chance to make plays.  Being an excellent punt returner, he is very dangerous with the ball in his hands and any time he gets his hands on the ball he can go the distance.  He lacks in physicality and strength making him a pure cover corner, which can hurt his ability to press guys at the line which is something he’ll need to work on.  He is coming off of a major knee injury which makes for some question marks on his durability.  I mean Darrelle Revis, the best corner in the NFL, is coming off an ACL injury and they are questioning his ability.  Reid also has off the field issues he will need to clean up before people can really trust him.  He needs to prove early on that he can stay out of trouble.  Even so, he has the talent that some teams will not be willing to pass up.

I project him as an early to mid 6th rounder because of his recent history with injuries and trouble off the field.  He has 2nd to maybe even 1st round talent but his durability and decision-making leave a lot in question.  If he can straighten his off the field problems out and get back on track, and prove he is healthy, he can be quite a late round steal for someone.  A deep sleeper in this draft, Reid has the potential to get back to his old FSU playing ways.  If he does, some team that took a chance on him will be very happy.

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Spring Practice-Florida State

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Headed into spring Clint Trickett looks to take his turn at QB for the Seminoles.

This spring the ‘Noles are taking the field for the first time in 3 years without NFL Draft prospect E.J. Manuel under center. He was the clear-cut number one quarterback for this team, of the past few years. As this spring continues, Head Coach Jimbo Fisher has told us that there will be equal rotation of all four quarterbacks in practice and he will not set a timetable for making the decision on the starter, but all major signs point to rising Junior quarterback Clint Trickett who is the only one of these candidates who has seen extensive, meaningful playing time.  This should be an interesting position battle to watch for sure.

The defense is always a topic of excitement when discussing the Florida State Seminoles, mainly because of the vast amount of talent located on that side of the ball. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is looking for the playmakers that will dictate what this season brings; Lamarcus Joyner has decided to make the move to cornerback to help solidify the secondary and bring leadership to that level of the defense.

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The other things to watch will be the top newcomers, who look to make an immediate impact on the 2013 season. Top outside linebacker in the 2013 class, Matthew Thomas, is headed to Tallahassee. Along with Thomas, joining the defense, cornerback Jalen Ramsey will add much needed talent to the secondary and help on special teams. The offense gets a gem in ‘athlete’ Ryan Green who would do the team and his talents the most justice by playing running back and handling the load, which will help this offense continue to be balanced. The spring practice sessions will conclude with the annual spring game on Saturday April 13, 2013, at 2 pm.

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This team looks like it can still win the ACC, as it’s only main competition is Clemson. The ACC is actually very winnable for the foreseeable future, and this program need to re-take the stranglehold it once had throughout the ’90s and taake care of business.

Tell us what you think, will they keep their crown atop the ACC? Or will they succumb to another?