D.J. Reed

Kansas St.
CB

Prospect Info

College
Kansas St.
Hometown
Class
Bakersfield, CA
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
5' 9"
188 lbs
31 5/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.60
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
San Francisco
49ers
Round 5 ‧ Pick 5
40 Yard Dash
4.51
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Bench Press
11
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Vertical Jump
36.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
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3 Cone Drill
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20 Yd Shuttle
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Reed is another community college success story that played for Bill Snyder at Kansas State. He initially attended Fresno State in 2014, redshirting there after an all-league high school career in Bakersfield, Calif. But he moved on to Cerritos College in 2015 (42 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups) before signing with Snyder for the 2016 season. Reed led the Big 12 and ranked fifth in the FBS with 19 passes defended as a junior (three interceptions, 16 pass breakups). He garnered first-team all-conference recognition from coaches a defensive back and was named the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year. He also returned kicks in the team's final four contests (28.3 yards per his nine attempts). Reed was a first-team All-Big 12 pick in 2017 as both a defensive back (47 tackles, 4.5 for loss, four interceptions, nine pass breakups) and returner (17 returns, 253 yards, 14.9 average, one touchdown on punts; 17 returns, 582 yards, 34.2 average, one touchdown on kickoffs).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
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Overview
Future slot corner who has the athleticism to handle mirror and match coverage and the toughness to step up and take on tackle responsibilities. Reed lacks size, but not heart. He's passionate and confident and outplays his height on a consistent basis. Reed's talent as a return specialist could gain him instant opportunities and his work won't hurt his cause. Reed has the mental and physical makeup to become a solid pro as both a return man and a sub-package cornerback.
Strengths
  • Has history of high-end ball production at every stop dating back to high school
  • Known as a hard worker on field and off
  • Extremely confident
  • Plays with a chip on his shoulder in coverage
  • Feet to shadow and squeeze underneath routes
  • Fluid hips allow for easy swivels to open or recover
  • Gets to top gear quickly
  • Makeup speed to chase down strays
  • Plays as long as he can
  • Stretches to disrupt the catch point
  • Plus timing and hand-eye coordination
  • Tenacious tackler
  • Solo tackler who can do his own dirty work
  • Gifted return specialist
  • Handles punts and kicks with fearlessness
  • Has foot quickness to elude tacklers and speed race around the corner
  • Open field vision like a running back helps him to weave free of danger
Weaknesses
  • Short cornerback
  • Lack of ideal size could make him a target down the field
  • High point challenges against big slots could be tricky
  • Doesn't have arm length to keep quarterbacks from making downfield touch throws over his head
  • Aggression turns to grabbing and tugging on jerseys when backed up near end-zone
  • Got big-boyed by size near the sideline against Texas Tech
  • Frequently turned around in coverage

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league