JR Reed is a safety who played his college football for the University of Georgia. He is expected to be taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Reed didn’t arrive at Georgia with huge expectations but left as an All-American.
Below you can find more information about Reed and what he will be bringing to an NFL team for starting in the 2020 NFL season.
J.R. Reed has strong NFL bloodlines as he enters the 2020 NFL Draft
JR Reed probably knows a good bit more about the NFL than some of his fellow prospects, as his father played in the NFL for 12 seasons. Reed is the son of former Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints wide receiver Jake Reed.
Reed’s uncle also spent some extensive time in the NFL, as his uncle is Dale Carter, who was a four-time pro bowler and two-time All-Pro. Reed is also cousins with 2020 NFL Draft prospect Nigel Warrior, who played at Tennessee.
Thanks to his upbringing, Reed has grown accustomed to tough coaching and has a good idea of what it takes to be a successful player for some NFL team.
“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.”
JR Reed didn’t start his college career with Georgia football
Like many prospects these days, Reed was a transfer student during his time in college. But he didn’t leave one big-time program to head to another.
He went from playing for Tulsa to starting for Georgia’s 2017 SEC Championship team.
Reed transferred into Georgia in the summer of 2016, prior to Kirby Smart’s first career game as a head coach. He sat out that first season in Athens, and that proved to help him a lot.
“Sitting out (2016) made me a lot more hungry,” Reed said. “Seeing some of the games, really being in the stands, watching the Tennessee game and seeing the games that we lost and being there with my mom and dad, I’m just thinking, ‘You know, that could be me’.”
Reed went on to become Georgia’s starting safety for each of the past three seasons. He improved each year and was the senior leader for the nation’s No. 1 scoring defense in the country in 2019.
The Bulldogs also won the SEC East every year Reed was a starter. That’s quite an accomplishment for the lowest-rated recruit on Georgia’s roster, as Reed was ranked the No. 1856 player in the 247Sports Composite rankings.
JR Reed was one of the top defensive backs in college football last year
Reed was a solid player coming into the 2019 season. By the end of it, he was one of the top defensive backs in the country and a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award which goes to the nation’s top defensive back.
He finished the year with 54 tackles and interception to go along with a fumble recovery for a touchdown. The Bulldogs had the No. 1 scoring and rushing defense in the country, thanks to Reed’s stellar play.
He also showed off some impressive athleticism with a critical interception in the Notre Dame game.
J.R. REED @Jr_Reed1 is the BEST SAFETY in the world!!!
— GEORGIA HEROES (@GeorgiaHeroes) September 22, 2019
“I can do a lot, I can play in the box, I can play the middle of the field, I can come down and cover your best tight end, whatever you want me to do in that secondary I can do,” Reed said.
JR Reed measurables for the 2020 NFL Draft
40-yard dash: 4.54
Broad Jump: 130 inches
Vertical Jump: 34 inches
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