Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Take Chance on Defensive Back

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Rams Take Chance on Defensive Back

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A bevy of standouts from Florida State's 2013 national championship squad worked out March 18 at the Seminoles' pro day.

The Rams were impressed enough with a former Seminole working out there that day to end up signing him. Namely, cornerback and return man Greg Reid.

"He had a really nice pro day at Florida State," Rams general manager Les Snead said. "When our scouts reported that back, we brought him in on Friday last week. So he went from pro day to our place (March 21), had a nice workout. We liked his pedigree."

It is in fact quite a pedigree, but one that got derailed by off- the-field issues and knee injuries.

Reid, now 23, was a Parade and SuperPrep All-American at Lowndes County (Ga.) High. He was named Georgia player of the year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and also named the Georgia Class 5-A player of the decade.

Highly recruited, Reid ended up at Florida State, where as a true freshman in 2009, he played nickel back and led the nation in punt returns with an 18.4-yard average. He started 23 games at cornerback the next two years while continuing to return punts and kickoffs with impressive success.

Entering his senior season in 2012, Reid was set to be part of a highly skilled secondary that included current NFL player Xavier Rhodes (Minnesota) and highly regarded 2014 draft prospect LaMarcus Joyner. Reid was well within range of breaking Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders' school record for career punt return yards.

But Reid never made it to the field in Tallahassee.

He was arrested in the summer of 2012 for possession of marijuana and driving with a suspended license. It was his second arrest in 12 months, and he was dismissed by Florida State in August of that year.

Reid quickly transferred to Valdosta (Ga.) State, a Division II program in his hometown. Then came the knee injuries. During camp before the 2012 season opener at Valdosta, Reid suffered a season- ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

That ended his college career. Even though he wasn't completely recovered, Reid was invited to the NFL scouting combine in 2013. …

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