Being an undrafted free agent likely means low expectations at the next level for Reed. That’s probably just fine for the three-year starter, who didn’t arrive at Georgia with much fanfare either.
Reed began his college career at Tulsa before transferring to Georgia prior to the 2017 season. He sat his first season before emerging as a three-year starter for the Bulldogs, as well as an All-American and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back.
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In addition to staring for the Bulldogs, Reed has strong NFL bloodlines. Reed’s father is Jake Reed, a former NFL wide receiver who spent his 12-year career with the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints.
Reed has mentioned how much his dad and the NFL mindset helped prepare him for his time at Georgia.
“My dad was tough on me, too, growing up,” Reed said in 2017. “So, I know that it comes from love and when [Smart’s] coaching, I know he doesn’t mean any harm.”