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DEXTER REID
Position: S
Class: Sr
School: North Carolina
Conference: ACC
Ht., Wt.: 5'11, 203
40 Time: 4.43
Grade: 3.44

Selected by New England Patriots
Round 4, pick 17 (113 overall)
BIO: Three-year starter who led North Carolina in tackles as a senior and as a junior. Totaled 132 as a senior after 166 tackles the prior season, which set a school record for tackles by a defensive back. Team's top defensive back as a sophomore with 99 tackles.

POSITIVES: Intimidating, hard-hitting safety that excels defending the run. Quick moving up the field filling the gaps, aggressive and wraps up the ball carrier. Sizes up the opponent and looks for the knockout blow. Adequate sideline-to-sideline range, can pedal in coverage and works hard to get involved. Directs the secondary and leader on the defense.

NEGATIVES: Loses transitioning to run with opponents, undisciplined, gets caught up the field and out of position. Lacks a feel for coverage and indecisive when the ball's in the air.

ANALYSIS: An outstanding athlete who likes to fly around the football, Reid has a linebacker's mentality but cornerback size. Limited skills in pass coverage reduces his upside for the next level as well as the types of schemes he will be successful in.

PROJECTION: Early Fifth Round

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