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Prospect Preview: Jalen Reagor, Don’t let the Size Fool you

With the NFL offseason approaching, JetNation.com continues its draft prospect preview series by looking at another dynamic wide receiver in TCU’s Jalen Reagor.  In watching Reagor in action, two things jump off the screen.  His blazing speed is obvious right off the bat, but that isn’t what impressed us most.

Name Jalen Reagor
College Texas Christian University
No. 18  1
Ht/Wt 5′ 11′  195
Current Projections:
Bleacher Report 57 th overall
Walter Football 22nd overall
NFL.com 62nd overall
College Production: G Rec Yds Avg TD Punt Ret Yds Av TD
2017 14 33 576 17.5 8 0 0 0 0
2018 13 72 1,061 14.7 9 8 97 12.1 0
2019 12 43 611 14.2 5 15 312 20.8 1

 

Despite his relatively diminutive stature at just 5′ 11” and 195 pounds, Reagor plays much bigger than one might expect.  When he doesn’t find a way to get himself open with his explosion off the line, Reagor can go up and beat bigger cornerbacks for jump balls with surprising regularity.  Be it against top-ranked teams or lesser-known opponents, Reagor just wins the batlte for contested throws.

This gives Reagor an unexpectedly impressive catch radius and goes to show that personnel folks shouldn’t always get hung up on a receiver who doesn’t check in at 6′ 3”.  Some might expect Reagor to be designated to the slot, but in watching what he can do in tight coverage, team’s shouldn’t shy way from letting him play inside or on the boundary.

He can go up and get it uncontested on a poorly thrown ball as we see here against Oregon State, but as we see in the same game, he has no trouble doing it with a defender on his back.

Reagor may not have the most refined route tree at this point in time, but given what he brings in terms of speed and attacking the football in the air, there’s no reason to believe he won’t be able to find early success as a pro.  Then of course there’s always the NFL combine where he may boost his stock if he shows he’s capable fo doing more than what was asked of him at TCU.

With the Jets likely grabbing an offensive lineman in round 1, their best shot at Reagor will be the second round which is where many draftniks have him going at the moment.  Expect Reagor to run his 40 in the low 4.4’s indy, showing that the speed we see on game day is no fluke.

Having also done some work as a punt returner, averaging over 20 yards per return in 2019, Reagor brings value on speical teams as well.

 

This Article Was Written By Glenn Naughton

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Glenn was Born in the Bronx, New York and has followed the Jets religiously despite being stationed in several different countries and time zones around the world. He now resides in England and has been a JetNation member since 2005. Glenn will bleed green with the rest of us through the highs and lows.