DJ REED | CB | KANSAS STATE
Height: 5091 | Weight: 188 | Arm: 31 5/8" | Hand: 10" | 40 Time: 4.51 | 10-Split: 1.58 | Bench: 11 | 3Cone: 6.82 | Broad: 124" | Vertical: 36.5"
DJ Reed is a team captain and two-year starter who has featured in 23 games at right cornerback for Kansas State. Reed transferred to the Wildcats from Cerritos College in 2015 after redshirting as a freshman at Fresno State. In just two years, Reed has amassed 125 tackles, 7 interceptions and 25 pass deflections. Per PFF, Reed allowed 37 receptions on 66 targets for only 2 TDs and 57.6 passer rating. In addition to playing cornerback, Reed was a valuable contributor as the primary returner in the Wildcats special teams unit, finishing the 2017 season with a 34.2 kick return/14.9 punt return average and 2 return TDs.
A high school team MVP in both football and basketball, Reed possesses a sleight build and what he lacks in height, he makes up for in explosiveness, acceleration, twitch, and leaping ability.
When playing off coverage, Reed exhibits outstanding change of direction ability and does well to sink his hips, anchor, and aggressively attack the ball downfield on curls and underneath routes. Reed is a space suffocator who can make up ground in a heartbeat, often tricking receivers into thinking they are more open than they are, and he was often trusted to take the opposing team's best WR on an island in man coverage. Reed's plus instincts, tracking ability and ball skills have afforded him outstanding production, totaling 7 interceptions and 25 pass deflections in just 23 games. Despite his size, Reed is very difficult to beat in red zone situations due to his stellar positioning, patience, and timing to turn his head and stab at the football at the perfect moment, stonewalling 6'6" Texas WR Colin Johnson this year. In run support, Reed is a fearless striker but will need to fight a tendency of planting his feet prematurely out in space and allowing runners to circumvent him with quick cuts.
Off the field, Reed is described as having "tireless work ethic" and had to overcome being an overlooked high school recruit and sleeping on the couch while living with seven other people in junior college. Reed compares in body type and play style to Captain Munnerlyn and is best suited to play as a nickel corner at the next level due to his lack of length and quick twitch ability. Reed will provide additional value as a day three pick due to his return ability, where he can compete as a rookie for a special teams-starved unit.
Overall Grade: 78
Athletic Ability: 6
Play Strength: 5
Play Speed: 6
Competitive Toughness: 7
Press Coverage: 3
Man Coverage: 4
Zone Coverage: 4
Make-Up Speed: 5
Player Comparison: Captain Munnerlyn
Projected Round: Round 5/6
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