Draft Grades: Draft Experts Grade the Jalen Reagor Pick
The Philadelphia Eagles went wide receiver with their first round pick, selecting TCU wide out Jalen Reagor at No. 21 overall.
One of the most explosive wide receivers in the draft, Reagor played all over the field in college and is viewed as a gadget type receiver that the Eagles can move all over the field. .
Listed at 5-foot-11 and 206 pounds, Reagor impressed at the NFL Combine with a 4.47 40-yard dash.
Reviews seemed to be mixed on the pick, here is what many of the top national pundits thought about the pick for the Eagles:
Kiper did not give selections a grade, but listed the Eagles has Losers in his 'Winners and Losers' column
We've said all along that this wide receiver class was going to create a plethora of choices for teams. There are big guys, small guys, fast guys, super-fast guys; it's such a deep group that there was a wide range of opinions about who ranked where around the league. No team had the same top 10. And that's the same with Reagor, who was my ninth-ranked wideout but was on the Round 1 radar for a few teams, including the Eagles. He is a super talent, but he was hurt by drops in 2018 and poor quarterback play in 2019. If Reagor can put it all together and be more consistent, he could be a good player, but I had Brandon Aiyuk, Michael Pittman Jr., Tee Higgins and Denzel Mims ranked higher.
In critical pass situations last season, the Eagles often went to 12 personnel—two receivers and two tight ends. Yes, they have a pair of quality tight ends in Zach Ertz and Dallas Goedert, but this personnel decision said more about what they had—or didn’t have—at wide receiver.
Reagor fills a gargantuan void. He was an explosive outside weapon at TCU who showed he can also move into the slot. While maybe not quite a pure burner through and through, he can still get vertical—a notable trait given that Carson Wentz is innately aggressive when it comes to pushing the ball downfield. Reagor also impressed scouts with some of his route running nuance—another notable trait given that Doug Pederson’s offense, when it’s functioning comfortably, is built on detailed route combinations.
Held back by his college offense, Reagor projects as a dynamic, shifty playmaker if he can hone his craft more. The Eagles did a lot of work on Reagor, who could be a star at a glaring position of need in Philly with his speed, toughness and versatility.
I love Reagor. He didn't run a very good 40 at the combine. The night after that run his agent told me he put on some water weight. A couple days before they had him timed much faster. He's got good speed.
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