It is hard to argue against drafting an LSU defensive player. Their reputation precedes them as physical, big players with the knack for the ball. That is exactly what Eric Reid is.
The 6’1″ Reid finished 2012 with 91 total tackles and added seven pass breakups with two interceptions. Keep in mind, the Cowboys only had 9 interceptions last season.
Reid is fast. I mean lightning fast. He led all safety prospects with a 4.53 40-yard dash in the NFL combine.
Scouts describe Reid as an all-around playmaker. He has quick feet and closes well on the ball. If a receiver is lucky enough to catch one over him, he punishes ball carriers with his physical presence. At 213lbs., he has the physical ability to be a force against competition.
His ability to sniff out the tackle allows him to be around the line of scrimmage during run or blitz situations, and his speed allows him to catch up to receivers or backs after a bluff.
The Cowboys could use his presence in the secondary, especially since he has played with Morris Claiborne before.
The only knock on this guy is that sometimes he can be over aggressive when going after a play. If that is the only thing to watch out for, that is okay with me. Sooner or later, he will learn that being over aggressive in the right situation might mean he makes big plays, which would more than overcompensate for the few mistakes he might make.
He has the football intelligence to play in a complicated system, in fact, I believe anyone who plays in the top-flight SEC has a more complicated system than most NFL teams.
I did a profile on Texas ex Kenny Vaccaro earlier as well, with either selection, I believe the Cowboys would benefit in the long run. But with Reid, Dallas has the option of using him in more packages and being more dynamic than the rest of his draft class.