The 2020 NFL Draft is loaded with wide receiver, and with his recent declaration, TCU’s Jalen Reagor adds speed to a great class.
Size: 5-11, 195 pounds Year: Junior DOB: 01/01/1999
Jalen Reagor is one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. The now-former TCU Horned Frog is widely known for his elite speed and would be a serious get for a team looking for a deep threat.
Coming out of high school in 2017, Jalen Reagor was ranked as the number six receiver in the nation per ESPN, earning a four-star rating from 27/7 Sports. As a freshman with the Horned Frogs in 2017, Reagor saw modest production with 33 receptions for 576 yards and eight touchdowns. The following year, he broke out with 72 receptions for 1061 yards and nine touchdowns, earning him Second-Team All-Big 12 Honors and the attention of draft scouts.
Unfortunately for Reagor, his junior season was not as fruitful due to poor play at the quarterback position. In 2019, Reagor caught 43 receptions for 611 yards and five touchdowns. But despite this drop off in production, he still remains one of the more promising players in the 2020 NFL Draft.
In terms of route running, he’ll need to develop literacy for the whole route tree, however, he still shows a ton of ability in this regard. Reagor typically runs a set of screens, jet sweeps, slants, a few crossing routes as well as a fair share of verticals. While his elite speed certainly helps him a ton against Big-12 competition, Reagor does a great job of selling his routes, showing a lot of flexibility and an ability to fake-out defenders.
Despite only being 195 pounds, Reagor looks like he carries a lot of muscle. That being said, while he does show flashes of making physical plays, there are times particularly vs. the run where he is overpowered by stronger defenders.
His hands are solid overall, but there are times on film were he drops some easy throws. Given his smaller size, his catch radius isn’t that big but given his speed, it doesn’t really need to be. Feistier corners with speed to match him will probably give him trouble, as there are a few times on film where defenders will knock the ball of his hands. Reagor has struggled with losing the ball in post-catch situations, where the defender will knock the ball straight out causing him to fumble.
Reagor has better ball skills than given credit for. While there are some concentration issues that can be found in his film, overall he shows a great to track the ball and can high-point incoming passes fairly well.
However, speed is Reagor’s most notable and intriguing trait as a player as he is often just blowing by defenders on vertical routes. On there are not too many defenders who can cover him stride for His speed can make him a viable weapon not just on offense with jet sweeps and tunnel screens, but he can be a standout kick returner as well. Reagor is in the running for the fastest player in the entire 2020 NFL Draft.
Round Grade: Round 2
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