It all but eliminates those TE passes, those short crossing routes and alot of those toss passes over 5yds to the backs if opposing teams are smart.
I believe that Reed may have at least 5 INT's in his rookie year, he's that talented. But of course this is only my opinion but I'll support it with reasons why I think this kid is a great pick and is gonna be very special.
There are a few things that some of us need to understand about this particular pick.
For one, the safety spot was one of our biggest & most glaring needs. We currently only had FS Anthony Mitchell and CB/S Gary Baxter as the only two safeties on our board worth mentioning.
Both are more regular special-teamers than true NFL caliber starting safeties although Mitchell does have a shot. I'm not sure that the average fan realizes what the difference is between playing safety and CB in the NFL.
For one, the safety usually handles all of the secondary calls and adjustments. When you see a CB backing off of a WR, it's usually because the safety sees a particular formation that tells him that it might be a deep pass.
One of CB Duane Starks's complaints last year was the inconsistency of the secondary adjustment calls from the safety in pass-coverage. He said that it affected his play during the year & I believe him.
Call the wrong coverage, you could leave your teammate hung out to dry. I think it's one of the reason's why although Corey Harris was a good replacement, his calls weren't as 'dead-on' as former Raven Kim Herring's was. Herring started more games and had seen more formations than Harris although Harris is older.
I think that's a drawback of being considered a 'Jack-of-all-trades but master of none', it makes you average across the board.
But this guy is different. For one, he's extremely versatile, having rotated between Free-Safety & Strong-Safety all four years he played at Miami and yet remained consistent; especially his last two years.
The guy had at least 8 INT's from the SS position in 2000 and 9 INT's from the FS position in 2001; returning two INT's for a TD IN BOTH YEARS.
Realize that in today's NFL, more teams don't have 'true' differences in their safeties. Both have to be able to play the run and the pass equally well.
Personally, I hope they put him at SS, it's been a pain in the Ravens side for quite some time. Those intermediate passes over the middle on third down really burns my biscuits. (Sorry for the harsh language)
Reed is a guy who's just an instinctive football player. He's always around the ball, and is a very opportunistic player.
Very, very aware and makes the most out of every chance to impact a game. If the team makes one mistake, just one, and he's anywhere around it then it's a sure bet that he's gonna make something positive happen for your squad.
Actually, besides the fact that Roy Williams has a little size advantage on him I like Reed more because of his versatility.
This guy comes to play on every single down and is arguably one of the most mistake-free DB's in all of college football; he just doesn't make 'em.
Reed is a bonafide Day1 starter screw mini-camp, the Ravens can just fax him the playbook and tell him you'll see him at training camp.
Reed is also a great team-player. He had an awesome season in 2000 and could have been a high draft pick last season but chose to finish school for the best reason of all; he just wanted to have fun.
I know it's kinda cliche' around here, but this guy is like Ray Lewis in a safety form. Look at the comparisons and tell me if I'm right or not.
Both are considered under-sized. Both aren't considered prototypical players but make a lot of play & I mean A LOT OF PLAYS.
Both are very, very vocal and elevate the game-play of those around them. Both are unquestioned leaders that do so by example as well.
Both are impact players; there's something special that you can sense about each of them the moment they step onto the field.
Both came from Miami (no-brainer, ha!). Both play with a lot of heart. And both were mature beyond their years when they came out of college.
I could go on and on, but you get the picture. Mark my words, but this guy could possibly garner attention for defensive rookie of the year honors as he's gonna raise a few eye-brows with his surprising play this year.
Remember that he was ready for the NFL by the end of his junior year. He went back to school to enjoy playing college football & having fun which is the greatest, most un-selfish reason of all which gains him cool points in my book.
Sure, he could have gone in his junior year and gotten the big bucks but he wasn't concerned about that which shows how great of a character guy he really is. He doesn't even have an agent cause he didn't want the distraction and actually dislikes the business-side of football. (BTW, he is hiring an agent although even by the draft he didn't have one which is almost unheard of)
I think that although it isn't a 'glamour' pick, Reed is gonna be the guy alongside McAlister who's gonna make teams pay every time they think about picking on the Ravens secondary.