The New England Patriots top potential targets in the 2013 NFL Draft are mostly in the defensive backfield, and two of them are LSU Tigers safety Eric Reid and Washington Huskies cornerback Desmond Trufant.
Reid had an excellent career in college with LSU, and he showed plenty of ability both in coverage and as a run defender. Reid has solid intangibles, great ball skills, and he can bring the pain with some very good tackling. He was clocked at 4.53 and 4.56 in the forty yard dash at the 2013 NFL Combine, and those are both good times at the strong safety position. Reid is well-regarded for his ability to deliver big hits as a 213-pound guy in the defensive backfield.
Several Patriots fans would love the Pats to draft Eric Reid, and I think he would be a nice, solid pick for this team to make. He has more than enough speed, but he does have some lapses in coverage (especially deep). If he is available in the second round, he would be nice value for the Pats. His projected draft range is anywhere from the first to the third round.
Desmond Trufant is not a player I am high on, even if he has a great NFL pedigree (Marcus Trufant has been a star for the Seattle Seahwks for a long time and Isaiah Trufant plays in the division for the New York Jets). Trufant shows flashes, but he was burned too easily last season.
I have now significantly changed my opinions on Trufant, though, and I finally view him as a legitimate first-round pick. The draft process has allowed Trufant to truly shine, and he had amazing numbers in the forty yard dash with times of 4.31 and 4.38. I’m still not as high on Trufant as most people, but those are incredible times for a big corner who was knocked for being too slow. I may soon be a big believer in Desmond Trufant.
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