Rookie Justin Reid may be new to the NFL, but he’s not new to Houston. The Texans first selection in last week’s 2018 NFL Draft grew up in Prairieville, Louisiana, less than 300 miles away from the Bayou City.
“The last time I was there was four years ago,” Reid said Friday via phone. “My aunt owns a car dealership in this area. We always got all of our cars from her and if we had car trouble, we’d would always drive down that way. It’s about six hours from where I’m at in Louisiana, so not too far. It’s a really nice area. The interstate system, by the way, is phenomenal, it’s the best I’ve ever seen in the country.”
Houston drafted the Stanford safety in the third round with the fourth pick (68th overall). The younger brother of Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid, Justin (6-1, 201) will play alongside his brother’s former LSU teammate, Tyrann Mathieu.
Eric Reid and Mathieu entered LSU as part of the same recruiting class and played two seasons together (2010-11) at LSU. The duo helped lead the Tigers to the BCS National Championship game after a 13-0 record in 2011.
Now seven years later, Justin Reid is looking forward to continuing the legacy with the Mathieu.
“It’s cool,” Reid said. “It’s come full circle. He played with my brother. I remember seeing him there. So, now it’s like version 2.0 of what they had back at LSU. It’s a funny story, whenever I played with Solomon Thomas last year and he went on to play with the 49ers with my older brother. Now, it’s like a role reversal because Eric played with Tyrann and now I’m going to go play with him.”
Reid, who played three seasons at Stanford University (2015-17), will join a Texans team that currently has four players from the Cardinal on the roster. Linebacker Brennan Scarlett and defensive back Johnson Bademosi are joined by Reid and linebacker Peter Kalambayi selected in the sixth round (214th overall).
Reid finished the 2017 season with 99 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, five interceptions, six pass breakups, earning 2017 AP All-America second team and All-Pac-12 first team honors. He was also recognized as a 2017 Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist.