According to David Lombardi of TheBootleg.com, Stanford Cardinal safety Ed Reynolds has decided to declare for the 2014 NFL Draft. This doesn’t come as a surprise to many people, as Reynolds is expected to have a chance to beat out other safeties across the country for a chance to be an early second-day draft pick.
Reynolds finished with 82 tackles this past season at Stanford, and also had an interception. There are certainly areas of his game that need a lot of work, but he’s got a good nose for the football and is a sure tackler. His playmaking skills need to improve to be able to succeed at the NFL level, but he certainly is the type of player that wants to learn and has the ability to get better at every area that needs improvement.
While Reynolds probably has the talent and skill of a second-day draft pick, it is very possible that he goes in the first three rounds of the draft. There are not too many good safeties in this draft, and Reynolds seems to see his stock rise nearly every week. It’s hard to predict where he will go as teams are never consistent with the talent levels of each round.
Reynolds is likely leaving Stanford because of the overhaul that is coming for the Cardinal on the defensive side of the football. They are losing at least four other key contributors, and he isn’t interested in helping a rebuilding defense for another year.