THE CASE FOR: JALEN REAGOR
Updated: Apr 13
Agility, Quickness, and Playmaking Ability, Available on Day 2.
5’ 11” | 194 lbs
40-yd dash: 4.47 (T-15)
Bench: 17 reps (T-7)
Vertical: 42 in. (T-2)
Broad Jump: 138 in. (2)
Quick. Incredible hops, both vertical and broad, and a surprising bench press for his size. Athletic freak of nature who has shown versatility and big play ability.
Not the best in contested catches, easily stalled by press coverage, average ball skills.
Photo Courtesy of TCU360/Christian AguetoSoto
Analysis: Jalen Reagor is a guy I’ve been watching at TCU for a couple of years now. He is a lot of fun to watch when he’s playing well, but isn’t always the most consistent player. He has a lot of raw talent with second place combine finishes in both the vertical jump and broad jump, and as aforementioned, 17 reps on the bench press at sub six feet is a boost to his stock. He can track the ball, as seen below, working against one of the top defenses in CFB, Ohio State. His best season was last year, his sophomore campaign. He finished with 72 grabs, 1,061 yards, and 9 scores while adding 170 yards and 2 scores on the ground. In 2019, he took a step back, as
PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26: TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Jalen Reagor (1) runs back a kick during the Cheez-It Bowl between the California Golden Bears and the TCU Horned Frogs on December 26, 2018 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Kevin Abele/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
did the entire offense, but flashed his ability as a punt returner, with 15 returns for an average of 21 yards and 2 touchdowns. He is a swiss army knife on offense that has glaring similarities to the former Gamecocks, Deebo Samuel.
Best Fits: San Francisco 49ers, Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs.
The San Francisco 49ers had great success with their drafting of my Deebo Samuel last year, and after losing Emmanuel Sanders to free agency, there is a void at the wideout position. After seeing that success, I could very well see Shanahan try his hand again with a similar player to Deebo. The Niners love their gadget plays and versatile offense weapons, which is why this makes so much sense.
The Houston Texans are slightly more abstract. They obviously lost Deandre Hopkins in a horrible trade with the Cardinals, but Reagor has no resemblance to Hopkins. To me, Hopkins is a guy you could stick into any offense and see him succeed. With that being said, I think a player like Reagor is a better fit for the way Watson plays. Losing arguably the best receiver in the NFL could not have gone over well with Watson, so there will be a lot of pressure for Bill O’Brien to add weapons to that depleted offense.
ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 15: Jalen Reagor #1 of the TCU Horned Frogs pulls in a pass against Damon Arnette Jr #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on September 15, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
The Kansas City Chiefs could make any wideout fit their system right now, and they always seem to be adding speedsters to their arsenal. If Reagor is available to the Chiefs at a good position, I would not be surprised if they snagged the Horned Frogs standout.
Projection: (Late 2nd-Mid 3rd) - As much as I want my New England Patriots to pick Reagor with one of their millions of picks, I see him going to San Francisco. He complements Deebo Samuel too nicely and I see Shanahan trying to continue his receiver hot streak.