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With the 21st pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles take Jalen Reagor, a wide receiver from TCU. With Justin Jefferson still available, a large portion of the Philadelphia fanbase lost its collective mind. This comes off the fact that the sexy pick, CeeDee Lamb, was still available at pick 17 and Jerry Jones steps in and scoops him up to twist that knife deeper.
With that all I have to say is “Eagles fans, relax!” Reagor may not be the pick you wanted but he is the pick you needed. EoP’s Charlie Bowles had him #4 out of 10 behind, Judy, Lamb, and Ruggs. This is what Charlie had to say about the newest Philly wide receiver:
“I know what people are thinking. Could this guy really have Reagor this high? The answer is YES if you want to have success don’t be a sheep and follow the “draft experts” follow your own eyes. To give some background Reagor’s numbers dropped because of subpar quarterback play. Some scouts are saying he lacks competitiveness and focus but I truly believe it was frustration. On Reagor’s skill set he has elite speed and can shake coverage. He is explosive after release. Jalen Reagor is more like a running back after the catch so getting him the ball quickly is important. He has good hands and catches the ball at its highest point. Knocks aside from the above ( again right or wrong I feel was frustration ) was an effort at times. He as well can get stalled at the line on press coverage so he will need to work on that. He should be available in the 2nd round and has tremendous upside if taken then.” Click Here for the full article.– Charlie Bowles – Edge of Philly Sports Team Member
Everyone has to understand that Jalen Reagor is one of the most dynamic receiving prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. His skill set fits best into a vertical passing offense, where he can defeat press coverage, attack downfield, and force defenses to respect his speed. Reagor brings explosive burst and control which is great for separation. He’s got upside to working inside as a slot receiver as well. He can be a NFL starter day one.
Raegor has natural instinct to win on different levels, shows a good understanding of when he’s got leverage, and how to sell defenders on something other than his true intent. Much more polished and pro-ready than the TCU offense gave him the chance to showcase. He is a blazing fast runner. (He ran a 4.22 40 yard dash on his pro day.) One of the fastest game speed players in the class, regardless of position. Minimal lag from snap to top speed, quick accelerator.
Reagor’s College Stats
Reagor won Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year and led TCU with 33 receptions, 576 receiving yards (17.5 per), and eight touchdowns in 14 games (two starts). Also ran the ball for eight rushes, 65 yards, 8.1 ypc and returned kicks four returns, 122 yards, 30.5 average. Reagor was a second-team All-Big 12 selection and TCU’s MVP in 2018, starting 11 of 13 games played and leading his squad in receiving. He posted up 72 receptions, 1,061 yards, 14.7 average, nine touchdowns while contributing as a rusher 13 carries, 170 yards, 13.1 ypc, two touchdowns.
As a returner, he added 12 kick returns, 312 yards, 26.0 average; eight punt returns, 97 yards, 12.1 average. He was a second-team all-conference selection as a receiver leading his team with 43 receptions, 611 yards, 14.2 average, five touchdowns in 12 starts. As a return specialist, he had five kick returns, 72 yards, 14.4 average; 15 punt returns, 312 yards, 20.8 average, two touchdowns in 2019.
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