Justin Reid might have a leg up on most rookies when he joins the Houston Texans after spending years learning about the NFL from his brother
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, a first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 2013.
"We break down film together, I go and visit him at his house," Justin Reid said. "We watched games together. He would let me in on what the game plan was
that week, how they're playing certain personnel."
The elder Reid is a safety who spent the last five seasons with the 49ers, but is currently a free agent. Justin, a safety from Stanford, followed in his
brother's footsteps when Houston took him with the 68th overall pick in the
draft on Friday night.
General manager Brian Gaine said they valued the football pedigree in his family, but were more impressed by his other qualities.
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, height, weight, speed for the position," Gaine said. "No. 2 production, graded well in terms of production. No. 3 was the
versatility, interchangeable ability to play strong safety, free safety, the
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, the ability to play the pass. We feel like he's a fully dimensional safety at the position."
Reid was Houston's first pick in this year's draft after the Texans traded away their first-round pick to Cleveland to get quarterback Deshaun Watson with
the 12th overall pick last year. They previously sent their second-round pick in
this draft to the Browns as part of the deal to get rid of Brock Osweiler.
The draft was Gaine's first as a general manager after taking over in January when Rick Smith took an indefinite leave of absence to be with his wife, who is
fighting cancer. But Gaine has plenty of experience in scouting and player
evaluations, having worked as assistant general manager for the Dolphins and in
player personnel for the Texans and the Bills.
He talked about having to wait through two rounds before making his first pick with the Texans.
"Unique circumstance, 20 years of doing this, I've never had that experience before," he said. "But in a way after yesterday it allowed us to kind of
reposition ourselves and think about what's already occurred and kind of measure
the supply and demand at the positions with 32 players already gone."
Reid started 11 of 14 games last season, piling up 99 tackles, including 6 1/2 for losses with five interceptions and six pass breakups.
Houston addressed its need on the offensive line by taking Mississippi State tackle Martinas Rankin with the 80th pick. The 6-foot-4 Lars Eller Jersey
, 308-pound Rankin is a versatile player who has lined up at almost every position on the offensive line, but spent the most time at
left tackle. He'll have a chance to play early, competing with Julie'n Davenport
for the chance to protect Watson's blind side at left tackle.
"We see him as an offensive lineman and hopefully the best five play however that unravels here," Gaine said. "But naturally he was a starting left tackle in
the SEC so my hope is he'd have the ability to do that, but we also believe that
if he has to play guard, right side, left side, wherever we need him that this
guy has the versatility to do that."
The Texans used their last pick Friday night to address another need when they chose Central Florida tight end Jordan Akins at No. 98. At 26 John Hayden Jersey
, the 6-3, 249-pound Akins is much older than most NFL rookies after spending four years playing minor league baseball after being
drafted by the Texas Rangers in the third round in 2010.
The Green Bay Packers could be looking to make more deals on Day 2 of the NFL draft.
They got more help for the porous secondary in the first round Friday night by picking Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander. Now a defense led by new
coordinator Mike Pettine could also use another playmaker on the edge to rush
Green Bay has just one pick for now on Friday, the 45th overall selection in the second round. With 10 picks for the third day of the draft on Saturday,
general manager Brian Gutekunst has the tools needed to move up and make another
pick or two in the second or third rounds.
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