Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/26/13
The Pittsburgh Steelers: 2013 NFL Draft Prospect Profiles is almost finished.We've looked at a defensive tackle, and offensive guard, and a tight end.All with great potential to be on the board at pick No. 17 when the Steelers head to the podium in the NFL Draft.This next player has an almost definite possibility of being at pick 17 and could even slip in to the second round.Eric Reid is a free safety out of Louisiana State University, otherwise known as the LSU Tigers.He is recognized as one of the top safety prospects in this year's Draft. Reid declared shortly after the Chic-fil-A Bowl loss to Clemson that he would declare early for the NFL Draft as a junior. Eric Reid played three years with the Tigers from 2010-2012. He was a starter for the past two years and racked up a total of 199 tackles over his three years of starting for the team. Reid had two interceptions for three consecutive seasons totaling six for his college career. Eric Reid is a physical player standing at 6'2'' and around 210 pounds. He is reminiscent of a current free safety who is a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ryan Clark. Clark also played his college ball for the LSU Tigers, and had similar numbers to Reid in his three years on the team. It's no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense is aging. You hear it everywhere you go. Ryan Clark is 33 years old and could be calling it a career soon as this upcoming season will be his last under contract with the Steelers.Eric Reid's Combine and Pro Day performances will ultimately decide whether this player stays in the first round or slips in to the second. The Pittsburgh Steelers would benefit from Reid's skill set no matter which round they got him in.Of course you would prefer he fall to them in round 2 of the Draft, leaving room for the team to fill an immediate need in the first round. 
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