Former Florida State Seminoles star cornerback Greg Reid said that the St. Louis Rams signed him, and we now have confirmation that the Rams have added the potential-filled defensive back and return specialist. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Rams have signed the talented FSU and Valdosta State product, whose college career was filled with incredible play but also with a myriad of severe injuries and off-field issues that eventually caused the ‘Noles to boot him out.
Schefter notes that Reid worked out in front of teams at Florida State’s pro day, and the Rams have decided to take a flier on the 23-year-old. There’s no doubt that Reid has all the physical tools to be a good corner and special teams player in this league, but he still needs to prove his health after two ACL tears and prove that he can keep his head on straight after his other issues in Tallahassee.
That said, there’s no risk to signing him, and I like the potential reward in this move. The Rams could use another cornerback to add to the mix, and Reid’s speed and playmaking on returns give him an added bonus. He probably won’t pan out, but the Rams aren’t giving up much for the chance that he does bank on all the potential he showed as a top-flight college athlete. This organization has shown the willingness to take risks on talent, and we’ll see if Reid pays off. If he pans out, then he would be a huge upgrade over Cortland Finnegan in the slot, but it’s not that hard to be an upgrade on Finnegan’s putrid 2013 season.