What a sad tailspin Greg Reid has been in over the last year. Here's a rough timeline since last July.
- Reid is arrested during a traffic stop for drug possession. It's his third strike (at least) under FSU's drug program.
- Reid is dismissed from the program.
- Reid transfers to nearby Valdosta State, his hometown school.
- Reid tears his ACL during a return in practice.
- Reid has surgery on his ACL.
- Reid is unimpressive in pre-draft workouts
- Reid, a late-round hopeful at best, goes undrafted
- Reid tweets "Who can I count on now?? God? Another surgery this cant be happening"
There were numerous things going against Greg Reid heading into the NFL draft. He squandered a million disciplinary second chances in Tallahassee, he's undersized, he lacks fundamentals, he's slow (quickly reaches his top speed, but the top speed is slow for the position), and he's a cornerback coming off a serious knee injury.
But Reid's tweet that he is about to have a second surgery raises more questions. Did he re-injure the knee? Or was the first surgery unsuccessful? It's important not to speculate here, as Reid doesn't clarify. And perhaps most importantly, did NFL teams place a "do not draft" designation on him due to his pre-draft physical?
Sad. I thought about this today at lunch.
What if Greg Reid made good decisions, or at the very least, fewer bad ones?
Does he tear his ACL if he is still at Florida State? If not, does he perhaps break up one of the final passes in the N.C. State game, or return a punt for a score? And if so, could he have been a top-150 pick? There's really no way to know.
Here's hoping that Reid's second surgery is more successful than the first.