Former Florida State star Greg Reid finally makes it to the NFL

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There was a time during his college career when Greg Reid looked like a sure thing to have a good career in the NFL. He was a starting cornerback at Florida State, a bowl game MVP, and the NCAA’s punt return leader. But Reid got kicked off the team at Florida State after multiple arrests, tore his ACL at one of his first practices after transferring to Valdosta State in the summer of 2012, tore the same ACL again during a workout in March of 2013 and ended up going undrafted and sitting out last year.

Reid has finally made it to the NFL, however, after rehabbing his knee, getting back into shape and working out at Florida State’s Pro Day. He signed a contract this week with the Rams, and G.M. Les Snead says the team likes Reid’s potential.

He had a really nice Pro Day at Florida State,” Snead told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “When our scouts reported that back, we brought him in on Friday last week. So he went from Pro Day to our place, had a nice workout. We liked his pedigree.”

Rams coach Jeff Fisher says the 23-year-old Reid has a good chance of earning a spot on the roster.

“He was very productive in college before he had his issues,” Fisher said. “His issues are behind him. I personally ran the workout because the coaches were on vacation. I thought he moved well. He understood things. He’s got a chance to compete at the nickel corner spot. Outstanding returner, not that we have a need. But had outstanding returns earlier in his career.”

Signing Reid is an investment for the Rams that carries basically no risk, but potentially significant rewards.