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2020 Draft Profile: Scouting TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor

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Could the TCU speedster be in the Broncos draft plans?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 14 TCU at Purdue Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

One prospect who may interest the Denver Broncos in the first two rounds of the 2020 NFL Draft is the speedy TCU wide receiver, Jalen Reagor. He is a 5’11”, 206 pound receiver who is considered one of the better deep threats in the 2020 NFL Draft. He is ranked as the fifth-best wide receiver in the draft according to The Draft Network and is ranked as their 30th best prospect in the entire draft according to their rankings.

Jalen Reagor played a total of three seasons at TCU and put up some solid numbers during his time there. During his three seasons, Reagor totaled 148 receptions for 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also has 35 career rushes for 324 yards and 2 touchdowns. He was a weapon in the return game as well. He has 23 career punt returns for 409 yards and 2 career punt return touchdowns. He had 13 career kick returns for 315 yards as well.

This past season for TCU, Reagor totaled 43 receptions for 611 yards and 5 touchdowns. He also added in 2 punt return touchdowns and a total of 89 yards rushing.

Here are his career accolades according TCU’s official website.

  • 2020 NFL Combine
  • 2019 Second-Team All-American (PR), FWAA
  • 2019 Second-Team All-American (PR), Phil Steele
  • 2019 Second-Team All-American (All-Purpose), Sports Illustrated
  • 2019 Second-Team All-Big 12 (WR and PR/KR)
  • 2019 Second-Team AP All-Big 12 (All-Purpose)
  • 2019 Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, vs. Kansas
  • 2018 Second-Team All-Big 12
  • 2018 Pro Football Focus Second-Team All-Big 12
  • 2018 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Honor Roll, vs. Oklahoma State
  • 2017 True Freshman All-America Team, 247Sports
  • 2017 Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year

Jalen Reagor

Wide Receiver | Junior | TCU

Height: 5’11” | Weight: 206 pounds | 40-time: 4.47 seconds

Arm Length: 31 3/8” | Hands: 9 1/2”

Bench Press: 17 reps | Vertical Jump: 42.0 inches | Broad Jump: 138.0 inches

3-Cone Drill: 7.31 seconds | 20-Yard Shuttle: 4.46 seconds

Film Room

Scouting Report

Strengths

  • Even though he “only” ran a 4.47 at the Combine, his speed and explosiveness is evident
  • Likely added weight for the combine and is faster than his 40-time at the Combine
  • An explosive playmaker who can house it whenever he has the ball in his hands
  • Dynamic player who can stretch the field, run jet sweeps/end arounds and be a weapon in the screen and return game as well
  • Dangerous in space
  • Can play outside or inside
  • A twitchy and smooth athlete
  • A modern day NFL receiver
  • His run after the catch ability is impressive
  • Has a very good vertical jump and his ability to go up for it is evident in his play
  • Creates his own separation when running routes with route running ability and his explosiveness
  • Young, only 21 years old
  • His father Montae Reagor was a second round selection in the 1999 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos

Weaknesses

  • Has had issues with drops throughout his time at TCU
  • Body catches the ball on occasion
  • Ran a bit of a simplified route tree at TCU but the upside to grow is there
  • May struggle against more physical defenders in the NFL
  • Is more of a finesse receiver than a physical receiver
  • Offers little as a run blocker
  • Production dropped significantly in 2019 but poor QB play factored into that

What Other Analysts Are Saying

NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein on TCU’s wide receiver, Jalen Reagor.

Spotty quarterback play helped cause a production drop, but his focus and competitiveness also seemed spotty at times. Reagor is a smooth athlete with blazing speed who has more playmaking talent than receiver skill and play-callers need to account for that when determining how to utilize him. He’s electric with the ball in his hands so getting it to him quickly rather than asking him to consistently make plays for himself as a ball-winner could be crucial. When 2019 is balanced against his 2018, the grade and projection begin to climb with a versatile receiver who’s able to spice the offensive gumbo.

The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs on TCU wide receiver, Jalen Reagor.

Jalen Reagor is one of the most dynamic receiving prospects in the 2020 NFL Draft. Reagor’s skill set fits best when projecting forward into a vertical passing offense as a Z-receiver, where he can defeat press coverage, attack down the field and force defenses to respect his speed or pay the consequences. Reagor brings explosive burst and simultaneous control on his stems to carry himself for separation — he’s got upside to work inside as a slot receiver as well. NFL starter.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler on TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor via his draft guide

A two-year starter at TCU, Reagor was the “Z” receiver in offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie’s up-tempo spread scheme. He finished his career second in school history in touchdown catches (22) and sixth in receiving yards (2,248), despite an underwhelming 2019 campaign where his production suffered with a true freshman at quarterback (TCU ranked 90th in the FBS in passing offense). A passionate competitor, Reagor is a high-performance athlete with the elusive traits and dynamic speed to be a home run threat before and after the catch. Focus drops were a persistent issue on his tape, but he doesn’t wait for the football to find his hands, his hands go find the football. Overall, Reagor must improve the details of his routes and consistency of his catch radius, but he shows the instant juice and explosive athleticism to separate at the NFL level, projecting as a high-ceiling starter with impact potential as a returner.

Jalen Reagor’s RAS score

Does wide receiver Jalen Reagor make sense for the Broncos?

If the Broncos miss out on a first-round receiver, I believe Reagor is most certainly in play.

What the Broncos are looking for in a wide receiver is pretty clear. They are looking for one who can stretch the field and provide the speed element that they are currently missing. Reagor can bring that and has the skill set to fit into a modern-day NFL offense. He can be a weapon in the screen game, which is something offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur likes to do. He can run the deep routes or be a weapon in the quick passing game which is also something Pat Shurmur likes to utilize as well. Finally, he can stretch the field and go track down a deep ball from quarterback Drew Lock. Add in his return ability and you have an instant playmaker in Reagor.

He does come with some issues, however. He has mental lapses and drops the ball. That’s a big no-no for a receiver and something you will have to accept to deal with on occasion or try attempt to fix with coaching. He’s also not very physical so it will serve you best to scheme him open in space where he can use his explosiveness to potentially take it to the house.

I really like his fit for the Broncos, but with that said, I am not sure that I would select him in the first round, and especially not at 15th overall. I would rank him behind the top three receivers, Justin Jefferson and Baylor’s Denzel Mims at least. So I think he could be in play for the Broncos in the second round if he makes it that far. That’s assuming if the Broncos do not get their receiver in the first round.

In the end, Reagor wouldn’t be my first choice as a second-tier wide receiver to target if they decide to go that route, but he fits exactly what they are looking for. He is certainly someone to keep an eye on during the draft.

Poll

Do you want the Broncos to pass on a receiver in the first-round and target TCU WR Jalen Reagor in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft?

This poll is closed

  • 7%
    Yes - trade up if needed
    (51 votes)
  • 53%
    Yes - If he falls to 46 pull the trigger
    (368 votes)
  • 28%
    No - Go receiver in the first round
    (198 votes)
  • 9%
    OFFENSIVE LINE IN ALL THE ROUNDS OR BUST!!!!
    (66 votes)
683 votes total Vote Now