TCU’s Jalen Reagor Selected No. 21 in NFL Draft by Eagles
Like many expected, the Philadelphia Eagles added a wide receiver on draft night, just not the one many thought it might be,
The team drafted TCU wide out Jalen Reagor with the 21st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Because there was never an early run on receivers, Philadelphia had the option of selecting LSU's Justin Jefferson, consider one of the top four players at the position, but instead went for Reagor. Reagor is an undersized (5’11/206) but explosive deep threat with a ton of speed.
"At No. 21 the Philadelphia Eagles could have taken Justin Jefferson of LSU, that was the conventional pick," said ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. "Instead they went with a much smaller, slot receiver, Jalen Reagor out of TCU. He's the second coming of DeSean Jackson, maybe. This is a much smaller player, but he's a much faster player than Jefferson, but he's really only a slot receiver."
"This is going to be a very controversial pick for the Philadelphia Eagles," Paolantonio continued. "They passed in Jefferson and took Reagor and Jefferson ends up being the better overall player, the Eagles will have some questions to answer about this pick."
Reagor is at his best on straight-line routes, where he can get upfield and utilize his 42-inch vertical and use his tremendous speed.
"He's a bit of an underachiever," explained Scott Wright of Draftcountdown.com on The Sports Bash. "A lot of that was because of the quarterbacks inability to get him the ball. "He's an explosive athlete, built like a running back. Runs a 4.4, his dad played in the league, so he has NFL bloodlines."
In 39 career college games, Reagor caught 148 balls for 2,248 yards and 22 scores. He also carried the ball 35 times for 324 yards and two touchdowns and is also a threat in the return game returning 15 punts with a touchdown.