To help preview who might be on the Dallas Cowboys’ board for the NFL draft, ESPNDallas.com has identified five players at five key positions that we’d like to learn more about. Along those lines, we’ve asked former Cowboys assistant coach Glenn “Stretch” Smith – the official scout of Galloway & Company – to study tape of each player and give his thoughts.
No. 4 safety: Eric Reid
Height/weight: 6-foot-2, 208 pounds
Why he’s on the radar: The Cowboys are thin at safety and if they stick with an offensive or defensive linemen in the first round, then finding a safety who can make plays down the field is a must with a later pick. While the Cowboys do like the play-making ability of Barry Church, he started just three games last season before tearing his Achilles. After the team released veteran Gerald Sensabaugh, it's pushed Matt Johnson, who missed his rookie season with hamstring injuries, into the forefront. The front office is concerned about the safety position, but isn't sure if it can get a good one in the early rounds. Reid could be available on Day 2 of the draft and would fill a major need.
Projection: Late second or early third round
Stretch Truths: Combine stats -- 4.53 40 speed; 40 1/2 inch vertical; 17 reps at 225. ... Long safety with good range. ... Plays both the run and pass well and closes with a flash burst. ... Very aggressive to read and react. ... Gets caught cheating on pump fakes and is over-aggressive to read the quarterback's head. ... I question his natural ball skills, especially when trying to high-point the football. ... Has upside with his physicality.