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Justin Reid, brother of 49ers safety, declares for NFL Draft

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He will forego his senior year of eligibility at Stanford to enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid is one of the top players at his position, so there’s a lot for Justin Reid, his brother, to live up to. Justin announced on Tuesday that he is foregoing his senior year of eligibility at Stanford to declare for the 2018 NFL Draft.

“I know that I’m mentally, physically, and emotionally prepared to become a professional athlete,” Reid said on Twitter. “My education is very important to me, and I do fully intend on returning to finish my degree.”

Reid also released a lengthy statement about his time with the Stanford Cardinal, saying the school “far exceeded anything I could ever hope for in a school.” Reid believes the school has allowed him to grow as a “detail-oriented intellectual,” so we already know he takes after his brother in that realm.

Eric Reid gives some of the most insightful interviews of any player in the league today. He cares about how he comes off and what he says, and his brother seems similar in that way. But how is he on the field?

Most scouting reports don’t have Justin among the top two or three safeties, but he is someone who will probably be taken at some point before the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He is very versatile, with multiple scouting reports suggesting he could play several different defensive back positions. He plays a little more like Jimmie Ward than Eric Reid.

That said, the 49ers themselves aren’t really in the market for a safety. They already have four safeties they believe are starters, with a couple expiring contracts on top of that. It’s one of the more interesting positions to watch this offseason.

Best of luck to Justin Reid, however.