Dutchtown alum announces he will enter NFL Draft

Kyle Riviere
Dutchtown alum Justin Reid has decided to enter the NFL Draft after being named first-team All-Pac-12 as a Stanford junior. Photo courtesy of Twitter.

Come April, the NFL will welcome yet another Dutchtown Griffin.

This week, Stanford junior safety and Dutchtown alum Justin Reid officially announced that he will be skipping his senior season and entering the 2018 NFL Draft.

When he’s selected, he will become the fourth Griffin to join an NFL team. The three that have been drafted before him are Eddie Lacy, Landon Collins and his older brother, Eric.

Eric was the highest draft pick of the three. Back in the 2013 draft, he was selected 18th overall by the San Francisco 49ers. He made the Pro Bowl as a rookie, and he still starts for the team.

In an open letter that he released to the Stanford faithful, Justin said, “I am foregoing my senior year of eligibility and am declaring for the 2018 NFL Draft. I know that I’m mentally, physically and emotionally prepared to become a professional athlete. My education is very important to me, and I do fully intend on returning to finish my degree.”

Reid has always been a tremendous student-athlete.

While at Dutchtown, he bolstered a high grade-point average and an ACT score of 30, which led to Ivy League schools recruiting him.

On the field, he was an all-district star that helped make Dutchtown one of the top defensive units in the area.

He eventually narrowed his choices down to Notre Dame, Stanford and his brother and father’s alma mater, LSU.

Reid decided to create his own legacy as he signed with Stanford.

The decision paid off as he became a starter during his sophomore season. He earned honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors at the end of the year.

Heading into 2017, he was named to the first team of Athlon’s Preseason All-Pac-12 team. He was also named to the Badnarik Award Watch List. This award goes to the best defensive player in the country.

He lived up to all the pre-season accolades.

For his junior campaign, he was second on the team in tackles with 97. In coverage, he made four pass breakups, and he finished the year with five interceptions.

His team ended the year with a 9-5 record that saw them finish as Pac-12 runner-up, and they made the Alamo Bowl.

Reid was a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist. The Thorpe Award goes to the best defensive back in the country.

He was also a first-team selection on the All-Pac-12 team.

Now, after three productive years at Stanford, Reid is ready to join his brother and other Dutchtown brethren in the NFL.

As he prepares to depart, Reid showed his gratitude to his school.

“Stanford taught me how to have a positive and growth-minded thought process and a work-for-what-you-want mentality,” Reid said. “It taught me how to be open to new experiences. It taught me how to open up and find close, meaningful relationships, which I found with my classmates, and especially teammates.

“Most of all, Stanford taught me how to be comfortable and confident in who I am. I am more than just a football player, which is my love and passion. I am a Stanford Man.”

To his teammates, Reid said, “It’s you who I will miss most of all. It was a long road to transition from the short-fused freshman to the leader that I strived to be, especially to the underclassmen.”

Reid will now prepare for the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis on Feb. 27-March 5. On April 26-28, the NFL Draft will be held in Arlington, Texas.