Draft Day Target: S Ed Reed

Ed Reed is a name that has appeared on the Cowboys' draft scene just recently. Reed, one of the top defenders for the Miami Hurricanes last year, has a ticket booked for Dallas on April 12th. Could Jerry pull the trigger and draft this young stud?

Coming from a secondary that could have as many as three defensive backs drafted, free safety Ed Reed may be the one athlete receiving the least amount of attention at this point in the game. Reed was the one of the true playmakers on the Hurricanes' defense last season, teaming up with CB Phillip Buchanon, and CB Mike Rumph to form a lethal trio in Miami's defensive backfield.

The thing you have to love about Ed Reed, (6'0, 190, 4.57) aside from the fact that he is an outstanding NFL prospect, is that he always seems to be in on the action. He shows excellent technique and can play either man or zone against a variety of different wide receivers.

FS Ed Reed
He is strong enough to take on the bigger running backs, yet quick enough to stay with the fastest guys in the league. Furthermore, he possesses the one skill that you can't put on paper- he's a playmaker. He was named the Football News 2001 Defensive Player of the Year and he led the nation's top scoring defense with an NCAA-best nine interceptions (3 of those he returned for touchdowns).

Interestingly enough, he earned the honor over Oklahoma safety Roy Williams, a player that most experts consider to be the top safety in the draft. Reed finished his career at Miami as the all-time interceptions leader with 21. He also was a consensus First-Team All-American his last two years for the National Champion Hurricanes.

Looking at Reed on paper, you can easily see why most experts have him pegged as a high first round pick. He's quick, strong, and he produces on the gridiron unlike any other defensive player in this year's draft.

That being said, what would have to happen for the Dallas Cowboys to pick him up come April 20th?

Without question, it would most certainly have to involve some sort of trade. Yes, he's a talented football player, but you probably won't see him be picked up anywhere in the top 10. Jerry Jones would likely have to work some sort of deal to get two picks later in the first round for the Cowboys' sixth overall selection.

Jones and Campo will get one more good look at Reed when he and 19 other prospects come to Valley Ranch on April 12th. Reed will go through several intensive workouts, but he'll likely want to improve his time in the 40-yard dash. Reed was clocked at a dissapointing 4.57 at the Miami Hurricane's Pro Day on March 7th. 70 scouts were in attendance that day, including Dave Campo, Jerry Jones, and several of the Cowboys' general scouts.

We'll keep you updated on Ed Reed's performance on April 12th, and more importantly we'll also have the reaction he draws from the Cowboys' organization.

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