I know it's only pre-season, but Reid already looks like a stud when he lowers the boom and he kind of reminds of me how Dwight Hicks used to play free safety in his prime. Surely you remember Dwight Hicks & The Hot Licks? If you don't, ask your old man or Sourdough Sam. It was Hicks, Eric Wright, Carlton Williamson, and Hall-of-Famer Ronnie Lott that formed the core of a ferocious secondary back in the 1980s that helped the 49ers win Super Bowl after Super Bowl.
From 1981 to 1984, Hicks was probably the best free safety in the NFL, being voted to four straight Pro Bowls. He also lead the NFL in interception return yardage in 1981 and interceptions returned for a touchdown in 1983.
Now I wish I could say Reid could be the next Ronnie Lott, but in today's NFL, even Ronnie Lott couldn't be Ronnie Lott... not with Roger Gotohell as commissioner. Lott would be penalized, fined, and suspended for the way he hit in today's NFL.
That's why I think a more appropriate comparison would be to Hicks who had an uncanny ability to get to the ball and stop plays dead in their tracks. I could see Reid being that guy for a long time and if defensive pre-season stats are any indication of what's to come this year, get ready for Eric Reid & The Dirty Deeds!