Browns: Top 5 safety targets in the 2018 NFL Draft

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 02 (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) Derwin James
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3. Justin Reid, Stanford

As perhaps the second-most polished safety prospect in this draft class, Stanford’s Justin Reid will probably excel at the NFL Scouting Combine. With a wide draft range from the first to third round, Reid is an enigma among the safeties in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The best part about Reid is just how solid he is in every facet of his game. Run defense, pass defense, man and zone coverage skills, Reid has it all. He is both cerebral and instinctual in his play, which is admirable for someone with a bit of a smaller build.

Reid makes up for his smaller size (6-foot-1, 204) with his incredible play and the production to back it up. 99 tackles, five interceptions, and six passes defensed made Reid one of the most terrifying defenders in the country this year.

Reid failed to close the season strong, with rough games against USC and TCU in the Alamo Bowl. However, that could be a turn of good fortune for the Browns. These games forced Reid’s stock to fall, making him an easier pick for Cleveland. compares Reid to Packers safety HaHa Clinton-Dix, certainly a lofty comparison as a safety prospect. But the fact of the matter is that both Reid and Clinton-Dix are extremely polished safeties with well-rounded defensive games.

To sum up Reid, FanSided’s Jon Dove wrote a profile on him just a few weeks ago:

"“Justin Reid doesn’t feature an ideal build for the safety position with a thinner frame and lack of overall size. However, he is a quick-twitch athlete who has flashed the ability to be one of the more dangerous defensive backs in the 2018 NFL Draft.” — Dove"