Originally posted by SofaKing:While I understand the temptation to compare the two, the comparison of Reid to Taylor Mays is preposterous. Mays was a well built athlete and had great straight ahead speed but he couldn't change directions nearly fast enough to play safety. He was a classic 'tweener.....too big and stiff to play safety and not big enough to play LB. It is hard to believe that pick occurred so recently. The Niners' front office is light years ahead of where they were when they took Mays.
Oh, ok. There's been conflicting reports on him.
What he brings: Reid's 2012 film was not quite as good as his 2011 tape, but he came on late in the season and showed how good he can be. He has great size and length, as well as excellent fluidity. He needs to clean up his angles in run support, though his range and closing burst provide him with a lot of upside both in coverage and as a run defender.
For those of you who have doubts about this guy, the Niners really did their homework on Reid. Harbaugh recruited him to go to Stanford so he has known him for 4 years. Baalke, Donatell, and Fangio all signed off on this guy as well. I think we can all relax now.