- AProjectionRound 1-2
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Strong Points: Very good safety size. He was often asked to lock up man to man on a slot receiver, and he does a good job in both press and off. Good to real good athlete with very good safety speed. Good run-support player and a consistent tackler. Very good zone player. Had an off-the-charts combine workout.
Weak Points: Can struggle in man coverage when he has to match up with a speed wide receiver (but more of just keeping good position). Not a consistently aggressive tackler and will fail to wrap up at times.
The Way We See It: Two-year starter for Stanford and the younger brother of former 49ers first-round S Eric Reid. Justin has ideal safety size and can most likely get to 210-215 pounds when he fully matures. In the Stanford scheme, he acted almost like a third corner, often lining up on a slot receiver. Shows good man-to-man cover skills. Can be beat by a top speed guy, but Reid's man coverage is mostly good. Good to very good player in zone with awareness and ball reactions. Plays the ball well and has good hands. Reacts quickly to the run and will come up to make plays. Has the strength and hand use to shed. Overall, Justin still has a lot of upside. Should be able to play free or strong safety. When a safety has the man cover skills that Reid has, it's a huge plus. Will match up well vs. most “move” tight ends in the NFL. Should come in and start right away.