2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: TCU WR Jalen Reagor

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb is the owner of NFL Draft Lounge and has covered the NFL Draft since 2011. Brian is also the owner of the Infinity Sports Network, which NFL Draft Lounge belongs to.

Jalen Reagor

Height: 5’11

Weight: 195 lbs

 

Four-Star prospect by ESPN, Rivals, and 247 Sports.  
2019 Biletnikoff Preseason Watchlist
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2019 Preseason All-American by Phil Steele

 

Jalen Reagor is a two-year productive receiver for TCU.  Was a consensus four-star recruiting prospect out of high school.  Primarily plays the right outside receiver position.  In this article, we’ll breakdown his mechanics and evaluate his future and an NFL wide receiver prospect.

 

 

What I Like:

Route Running Ability Outside The Numbers

This is an NFL Caliber effort from Jalen Reagor on this play.  Reagor shows good acceleration off the line of scrimmage, forcing the defender to give some cushion to avoid the deep threat.  Reagor sticks his foot in the ground and runs a comeback along the sidelines.  After the catch, Reagor displays nice footwork to gain a couple extra yards on the play.

 

 

What I Dislike:

Deep Ball Catching Ability

Jalen Reagor does everything right on this play, except for securing the ball.  He shows off his route running ability and manipulation of the defender to create space throughout the stem of the route.  Reagor has a step on the defender, giving the quarterback room to spot the ball.  The defender makes a nice play on the ball once it’s in Reagor’s hands, but I would like to see Reagor get both hands on the ball and secure it more consistently.

 

 

Where I’ve Seen Improvement:

Footwork Throughout Stem and Separation Quickness

This is a heck of an effort from jalen Reagor on this play.  The defender has to respect Reagor’s top end speed with a decent cushion on this play.  Once Reagor cuts inside and gets the defender to rotate his hips, he cuts back outside and creates excellent space at the top of the route.  It’s plays like this that will keep Jalen Reagor in the NFL for a long time.

 

 

Overall Breakdown

Has adequate height and weight for wide receiver position.  Displays good acceleration and top end speed.  Shows to have solid balance to remain upright, even through contact.  Has a solid ability to run an expanded route tree, as shown by his good ability to change directions quickly and make quick cuts.  Has good acceleration to fight through pressure off Line of Scrimmage to get upfield quickly.  Has good instincts to create space through stem with head fakes and solid footwork.  Displays a solid ability to create space in the endzone, even in tight press coverages.  Good explosiveness out of his break to create space at the top of the route.  Displays a solid ability to track deep balls over his shoulder.  Shows to have a solid vertical ability to highpoint balls that are above him.  Displays a solid catch radius to catch balls that are away from his body. Has solid awareness to get his feet inbounds when catching passes in the endzone or along the sidelines.  Displays a solid ability to make quick cuts and get upfield quickly when catching passes in the flat.  Displays a solid ability to slow his speed and look for passes when there is a void in the coverage.

Displays an adequate ability to make a play on contested catches as he is often overpowered by defenders.  Has an adequate ability to catch deep balls over his shoulder and often relies on his body and not his hands to make these catches.  Shows to have an adequate ability to catch easy passes that hit his hands.  Displays a marginal ability to stay in front of the defender in blocking situations.  Has a marginal ability to establish leverage when asked to block.  Shows to have a marginal ability to diagnose and pickup bocks quickly, which results in missing some blocking assignments entirely.

 

2020 NFL Draft Projection

Late-First to Mid-Second Round

Jalen Reagor is a tad undersized for the outside receiver position, but could develop into a deep threat from the slot position.  Moving to the slot would also allow him to work on his blocking ability while still contributing on the field in other situations.  Look for him to come off the board to a team late in the first if we see a run on wide receivers, but shouldn’t slip past the middle of the second round.

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