How good was D.J. Reed in 2021? He was the 8th highest-graded CB this season, per PFF. This made him better than players like Stephon Gilmore, Mike Hughes and Xavien Howard. Was Reed really that good or is this just another example of PFF being weird? Well, the truth is that Reed was great and must be re-signed not just for 2022 but for seasons beyond.
Reed’s QBR-allowed was a fantastic 67.8. He tied with Jones on most passes defended for Seattle this year but in two fewer games. Reed also led all Seahawks cornerbacks in interceptions (just 2 though). And Reed is very underrated in run defense. He missed 7.1 percent of his tackles, not bad at all for a corner who also comes up quite a bit in run defense.
Reed is only 25 years old and played in what was for all intents and purposes his first full season as a starting corner in the NFL. Like, Jones, Reed also got better as the season went on as well. Of Reed’s 10 passes defended, 7 came in his final six games. His 2 interceptions came in Week 17.
The knock on Reed is he does get injured a bit and missed 3 games this season. But he is more than worth taking a risk on for the next three seasons and Seattle should re-sign him to a three-year deal.