2013 NFL Draft: Poll: DJ Swearinger vs. Eric Reid
Nov 17, 2012; Columbia, SC, USA Wofford Terriers quarterback Michael Weimer (15) gets tackled by South Carolina Gamecocks safety D.J. Swearinger (36) during the second quarter at Williams Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
Let Your Voice Be Heard! Welcome to todays draft poll.
Today is another safety matchup, one of my favorite players in the draft and an extremely safe pick in DJ Swearinger and one of the bigger boom or bust prospects in Eric Reid. Both are likely mid to late second round players that could easily be available at 62 for the Ravens.
Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Reid is perhaps the most physically impressive player in this draft class. Certainly the most physically impressive safety. Reid has all the talent in the world. He is extremely fast and strong, he hits very hard, he has decent instincts. The question with Reid is what type of player are you getting? Do you get the 2011 version of Reid where he looked like an early first round caliber player and a future all pro? or do you get the 2012 Reid who looked out of place and lost for most of the season last year? If you get the former, he could be the biggest steal in the draft, if you get the latter he will be a career special teamer and journeyman. Boom or Bust. As an example of how much disagreement there is in draft circles about Reid, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL network says he wouldn’t take Reid until at least the mid second while Charles Davis, of the same network, would take him as high at 13 to the Buccaneers(as the top safety in the class). Jeremiah formerly worked for the Ravens.
DJ Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Swearinger is the exact opposite of Reid. He isnt overly physically impressive(that isnt to say that he doesn’t have an NFL body, he does), but he has incredible instincts and feel for the game. He is a much more polished player than Reid and has very little bad tape. Swearinger, if he falls to the mid-late second round, might well be the safest pick in the draft. At worst he is a passable starter in the league. He has experience playing strong safety, free safety and slot and outside corner. He is an extremely versatile player. He also might be the hardest hitter in the draft. Swearinger hits players with a vengeance. When you come across his zone, he hits you and you feel it. Swearinger is very reminiscent of Bernard Pollard, but Swearinger has more potential as a cover safety as well.
I know who I would take, Who would you take Ravens nation?