What Makes The Draft So Intriguing

Every year close to 250 players get drafted out of college and into the NFL. Another 200 to 300 get picked up as an Undrafted free agent. Out of those players; only a handful will go on to make an impact and have long NFL careers. It doesn't matter whether your drafted in the 1st round or go on as an Undrafted FA; it still takes a certain makeup to be a NFL Pro. Two players from the 2013 draft, in particular, have caught my interest in this regard.

The first is San Francisco's 1st round selection Eric Reid. Eric Reid is a 6'-2", 212lb safety out of LSU who ran a 4.53 40 yard dash time. He was listed as the 4th best Safety by most but was the 2nd safety selected in the draft behind Kenny Vaccaro after the 49ers traded up to snag him. His scouting report reads as follows:

Athletic with good speed. Inconsistent. Struggles in pass coverage. Hard hitter.

The second is our very own undrafted FA Tony Jefferson. Tony Jefferson is a 5'-11" 213lb safety out of Oaklahoma who ran a 4.75 40 yard dash time. He was listed outside the top 15 best Safety by most and was projected to be drafted in rounds 4-6. His scouting report reads as follows:

Excellent tackler. Eats up ground to make tackles at the LOS. Excellent pass defender and good in run support. A team leader. High ceiling. Questionable work ethic in the weight room.

Here are some numbers on the two safeties:

Eric Reid 6'2" 213lbs.

Year Solo. Ast Tot Loss Sk Int

2010 14 18 32 1.5 0.0 2

2011 53 23 76 2.0 0.0. 2

2012 42 49 91 1.0 0.0. 2


Career 109 90 199 3.5 0.0. 6

Tony Jefferson 5'11" 212lbs.

Year Solo. Ast Tot Loss Sk Int

2010 44 21 65 7.0 2.0 2

2011 52 22 74 7.5 4.5 4

2012 85 34 119 3.5 0.5 2


Career 181 77 258 18.0 7.0 8

Both safeties played 3 years in college. Both safeties are similar in height and weight. Jefferson was much more productive in college than Reid whereas Reid seems to be more athletic when looking at the combine numbers. When you read the scouting reports and look at the college production, you wonder how and the heck does Eric Reid get drafted in the first round and Tony Jefferson goes Undrafted ? This is the intrigue.

I think Tony Jefferson has a better than good chance at making the Cards 53 man roster since the Cards are a little thin at Safety. Obviously; Eric Reid will be on the 53 for the 9ers. So, I'm looking forward to following the careers of these two very similar players drafted at very opposite ends of the spectrum.

Do you think TJ makes the 53 ? Do you think the gap in talent between the two players is appropriate for their draft ( or Undrafted ) status ?

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Revenge of the Birds' (ROTB) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of ROTB's editors.</em>

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