As Stanford awaits a final decision from its most recognizable player, another Cardinal has tossed his hat into the draft ring early.
Justin Reid took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon that he is foregoing his senior season in order to begin his NFL career. “I know that I’m mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared to become a professional athlete,” the defensive back wrote.
Reid’s brother, Eric Reid, plays safety for the San Francisco 49ers.
Reid, who intercepted five passes in 2017 and was second on the team in tackles, was one of the top safeties in the country this season, earning a handful of second-team All-American honors. He was also named first-team All-Pac-12 and a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award.
Tight end Dalton Schultz (HERE) and defensive lineman Harrison Phillips (HERE) have already announced their decisions to leave the Cardinal early for the NFL. All-American running back and Heisman Trophy finalist Bryce Love has still yet to make his decision public.
Draft-eligible players have until Jan. 15 to declare their intentions with the NFL.