Scouting Report- TCU WR Jalen Reagor

After reviewing the tape, here's a breakdown of TCU wideout Jalen Reagor. 

He’s not the biggest, the fastest, or the best wide receiver in the draft class, but Jalen Reagor is my favorite prospect for the Green Bay Packers.

Before the former TCU-standout declared the NFL Draft following his junior season, he accumulated 148 receptions, 2,248 receiving yards, and 22 touchdowns. These aren’t gaudy numbers by any means, however, they don’t do Reagor’s college career much justice.

Reagor was victim to poor quarterback play at TCU. Looking back, I counted six different quarterbacks that Reagor caught a pass from in only three years. 61.4% percent of Reagor’s targets were believed to be a catchable pass, according to Pro Football Focus. A percentage that ranked 118 out of 120 wide receivers.

Reagor had the chance to improve his draft stock at the combine, but he may have hurt it just a tad. The speedy wideout hoped to run somewhere in the 4.2s in front of scouts, however, the best he could do was a 4.47. Reagor tested well in other areas including a 42-inch vertical and a 138-inch broad jump. What Reagor lacks in size, he makes up for in explosiveness.

Speaking of size, Reagor arrived in Indianapolis at 206 pounds, which was believed to be at least 10 pounds heavier than his college playing weight. For his pro-day, Reagor was back down to 197. The lighter weight helped improve his 40 time to 4.28 respectively and makes more sense for a prospect who supposedly was clocked at 22.6 MPH on a single play last season. 0.3 MPH faster than any play in the NFL in 2019.

When it comes to Reagor, speed is not even a concern. The 5-11, 197-pound wide receiver out of TCU is a ready-made playmaker for the NFL.

Games watched: vs West Virginia (11/10/18), 11 receptions, 150 yards, one touchdown. vs Oklahoma St (11/02/19) seven receptions, 128 yards. Vs West Virginia (11/29/19), six receptions, 57 yards, one punt return for a touchdown.

As I stated earlier, I like Reagor’s play speed and overall athleticism. He’s a constant threat with the ball in his hands, which is good news for teams who want to use him as both a return man and receiver. As a ball carrier, he’s very elusive, which makes him a good candidate for RAC. Explosive is one word to describe Reagor’s play, but it still isn’t enough. He can get to his top speed in the blink of an eye while also maintaining his fluidness.

In cases where he can get a clean release against press coverage, Reagor uses head fakes, hand pumping, and lateral quickness to stack defensive backs. As far as his route running ability, he is still somewhat raw. He didn’t run an intricate route tree in college, but he shows a lot of promise to separate in his stems through solid footwork and loose hips. He’s got a high ceiling in terms of getting creative with his releases and route breaks.

Reagor loses some points for me when it comes to his overall competitive toughness. Perhaps poor quarterback play affected him more than it should have mentally. He didn’t bring the same edge as a run blocker or when using his hands to combat DBs. That is, against press and at the top of his routes. His football IQ is ok as he needs to keep improving his ability to recognize coverages and implement his plan of attack. Instead, he relies mostly on his athleticism, whereas he needs to become headier.

While Reagor is a tremendous leaper and high pointer, I couldn’t give him anything above a solid grade for his catch radius. It’s not ideal for him to catch balls outside his frame, and he also lacks the ideal length to box out defenders to make a grab.

Anyone who has done a little bit of homework on Reagor knows what’s coming next. If he has a worst trait, it’s his drops. However, I am a little less critical. Every receiver suffers from the occasional concentration drop, and I saw nothing to raise a red flag. Inconsistent quarterback play didn’t help either.

 

As far as his fit with the Packers, Reagor brings with him plenty of versatility. He can play the slot, in the backfield, outside, and be the team’s punt returner. Basically, get the ball in his hands and good things will happen. Matt LaFleur would love to have a guy like this so he can get creative.

But, where should Reagor be selected? I’m not honed in on the idea of taking him with the 30th pick, but I doubt he will be around at 62. Green Bay could trade back a few picks and snag a guy like Reagor with tremendous upside and add a later selection in the process. I’d be ok with that, but there are risks in trading back.

If the Packers believe Reagor can be the next Randall Cobb and then some, why not take him at 30 if you believe he’s the guy?

 

 

 

Brandon Carwile is a Packers writer who also enjoys watching and breaking down film. Follow him on Twitter @PackerScribe.

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stockholder's picture

April 13, 2020 at 07:16 am

If Gutey misses Queen. Reagor is the PICK. @30. Keep that option year. This guy could be Lynn Swann. He's a difference Maker for sure.

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sonomaca's picture

April 13, 2020 at 07:37 am

Can’t agree. There will be minimal teaching/practice time this year. AR will not target a receiver who doesn’t run precise routes, so Reagor won’t contribute to a team which is close. Also, the run blocking is an issue. I think the Pack go best available OT, IDL, ILB, or corner at #30. Trade up for your receiver in round 2, someone who is ready for game action right now.

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taarons420's picture

April 13, 2020 at 10:08 am

I think the abbreviated offseason means just the opposite.

No rookie wr is going to have any clue about the intricacies of the offense... or be able to build "chemistry" with Rodgers.
If the Packers want any sort of contribution at all, they should be looking for players who can make an impact by simply getting the ball in their hands...
-kick returns
-punt returns
-wr screens
-tunnel screens
-end arounds
-jet sweeps
-simple/defined routes

Reagor is one of those guys.
Others...
Shenault
Aiyuk
Gibson
Hightower
Hamler

Let these guys play the Deebo Samuel role.
Teach them the full offense (and how to run more complex routes) when they have a full offseason.

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PeteK's picture

April 13, 2020 at 10:23 am

I agree, this player could be electric in our lumbering offense. A more skillful Tyler Ervin.

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Stroh's picture

April 13, 2020 at 10:40 am

A slightly less version of Tyreek Hill would be a more apt comp. Ervin is a nice player not anything close to what Reagor will be.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 13, 2020 at 11:21 am

#one , this guy is not a post up WR or a guy to run the veer offense with. He is an open field playmaker with fast feet and deep speed. They have enough bigs at the WR spot. He is my pick at #30. Queen will be a guy that lives on IR or will be blown out of gaps by O linemen. Reagor over Aiyuk at that spot.

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Stroh's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:17 pm

I agree w/ you on this. They have too many bigs at WR already to be honest. They need some speed and playmaking at WR now. In fact 2 smaller WR that have speed and playmaking wouldn't hurt. Reagor and Aiyuk would be my choices @30 for that role. If that doesn't work Shenault at #62 would be similar, but he's not nearly as fast, quick and he comes w/ injury concerns. They need more varied skills at WR not more redundancy. Keep Lazard and EQ as the bigs. Davante is kind of a tweener, not either big or small, just a great WR. Find a couple guys who make plays w/ the ball in their hands and put some fear in DC going deep!

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:49 pm

They have to have that fast slot guy to be at the spot when Rodgers reads through his progressions. If Adams has the double the speed guy should be wide open with lazard of Funchess clearing out the zone.

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Duneslick's picture

April 13, 2020 at 03:14 pm

Not like Swann This guy way faster fast but not a s polished as Swann was

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DraftHobbyist's picture

April 13, 2020 at 07:49 am

I would not want to take him before 62. I don't think he fits what the Packers are looking for because of his size (I'll change my mind when they show interest in smaller WRs), and he is a very risky prospect. Even if the QB was a big problem, that doesn't mean we know what he would've been with a better QB. All these negatives that people assume would be cleaned up might not be cleaned up if they are inherent to him. I'm generally not a fan of the trade back scenario either, because I think we end up with a pretty weak best player from the class. I'd rather trade up.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 13, 2020 at 07:51 am

Raegor is a guy that should be getting a very serious look see from the Packers. The 4.28 from his virtual Pro Day is much more in line with the evaluations I read than his combine time that was about .2 slower. But WR is a position with a notoriously high diva quotient so I hope they are looking under every rock to find out about Raegor (and the others) beyond the athletic numbers and game day video.

My gut is telling me that they cannot wait until 62 to get one of the truly elite WRs. But trading down from 30 is an option they ought to explore. That might help make the choice for them on Raegor, Mims, Shenault, Pittman, Aiyuk, etc. It seems like a foregone conclusion that Lamb, Ruggs, Jefferson and Juedy will be long gone before they hit the clock at 30. And with so much structural weakness on the roster, I would not expend draft capital to move up for one of them.

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Stroh's picture

April 13, 2020 at 10:45 am

I agree, no chance they move up to get a WR. Much more likely they move down from #30 to the early 2nd and take a WR. I like Aiyuk, Reagor, Mims in that scenario. Pittman at #62 if available would be an excellent pick. I was on Shenault at #30, but his injuries and slow 40 time have me concerned, but he would be good value starting at #62 as well.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:28 pm

You could move down three or four spots into the second and miss on all three of these guys, depending what the 49rs do with the pick from Indy at # 13. K.C. should go defense, but Andy Reid always looks for playmakers, despite having Watkins ,Hardman and Hill.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:35 pm

Before the combine, Shenault was borderline to even make it to 30. He ran poorly amid rumors he was not 100% healthy. Maybe since they cannot re-visit his testing due to Covid, that will push him down. Maybe not.

He and Pittman are borderline to make it #62. I'd hate to roll the dice and have it come up snake eyes. Re-watching how the offense functions will 2 elite pass catchers has convinced me more than ever that they must walk out of this draft with one of the top 10 or 11 guys. It will be a massive failure if they don't.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Bryan Edwards another wildcard in the mix in the third.

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HankScorpio's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:58 pm

Yes sir. He broke his foot before the combine season really got going so he's a complete wildcard, IMO.

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Stroh's picture

April 13, 2020 at 05:54 pm

Edwards is a nice player but he's too redundant. Another Big who can't run. No thanks!

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Leatherhead's picture

April 13, 2020 at 08:48 am

Yes, let’s spend a high pick on a guy who will share 10 targets a game with Lazard, ESB, Funchess and MSV. Let’s not use that pick on a defender, because if we just give Rodgers enough weapons we don’t need a very good defense.

We’ve won four Super Bowls. Each time, we had a HOFer at QB. Each time, we’ve had the best defense in the conference.

If we’d like to win another Super Bowl with Rodgers, we should use the draft to build the defense.

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cheesehead1's picture

April 13, 2020 at 09:31 am

Agree, fix the D, but we’ve been saying this for years. Would be nice if Murray or Queen dropped but that’s a long shot IMO.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 13, 2020 at 09:46 am

Murray or Queen would be nice, but there are several defensive players available in the first 100 picks that would improve our defense.

We had a bad defense in 2018. Last year, we added four starters and got quite a bit better, finishing 9th in scoring defense. If we could improve a little more...20 points over 16 games...we’d probably have the stingiest D in the NFC.

So I’m all for improving the defense. I think Rodgers did fine with the guys we had, and will again. We were only held under 20 three times, with us going 24 or better in half our games.

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PeteK's picture

April 13, 2020 at 02:05 pm

We should be able to draft a DT and ILB with our later picks that could contribute this coming season. As far as the offense , those stats are missleading because there were just too many three and outs and we disappeared for lg parts of games.So we also need to make our offense more productive which will keep our D off the field.

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Wyorolo27's picture

April 13, 2020 at 04:25 pm

Although I agree with make the defense better, every mock draft and board says that there Likely won’t be a defender worth taking at pick thirty unless someone drops. In that case I’m betting they take an OT or their favorite receiver.

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Leatherhead's picture

April 13, 2020 at 08:51 pm

If we have to pick at 30, there’s a couple of good defenders that are probably worth the pick. A CB would be an immediate starter in the nickel, and you have Diggs/Fulton/AJ Terrell allrated as late first or early seconds. Blacklock and Madabuike would probably be available around #30.

IMO, we should take a corner because we’re going to be able to get a stud DL later. .

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HankScorpio's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:19 pm

They've been fixing the D for so long the offense broke. TIme for a new path forward.

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April 13, 2020 at 12:59 pm

Let the D fix itself. Maintain gap responsibility and swarm to the ball. If they want to maintain a finesse approach to defense they will continue to be cut down w/out two strong ILBs.

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April 14, 2020 at 02:48 pm

The Packers have not drafted well in several years. The fix is self evaluate and eliminate poor scouts you are retaining and pay better scouts to work for your team. Pay free agents to better your Defensive unit primarily 3 down DT and CB upgrades. Cutting Lindsley a year early 8.5 mill and taylor 5 mill should be able to get it done. Patrick or Jenkins to Center/ G. I'm sure Gute didn't want to do 2 OL position changes is the reason he held off.
But that would have been enough to draft total offense minus maybe one edge rusher or ILB and no QB.

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April 13, 2020 at 04:12 pm

Agree Defense needs fixed. Problem is Packers only great defensive player drafted is Clark. Everyone else on "D" that was drafted is average. No shutdown secondary players at all. Pettine uses 6 DB's most of the time because 4 won't get it done. The Smiths were a good pick-up but not drafted talent. They should have released Taylor and Lindsley and picked up a Hog 3 down DT and a better than average DB. Packers are pretty good at drafting OL. The real problem appears to be their scouting department is horrible which affects both offense and defense equally. We will know more on if Gute is getting it done this next year. Part of the problem with the receivers is our QB. What's wrong with getting them together after practice or in the off season and doing some work with them if he truly wants to get on the same page and get another ring...I would.

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PeteK's picture

April 13, 2020 at 06:43 pm

If we need to, there will be some affordable DTs and CBs free agents available after draft. No need, our receivers are not rookies, and the offense will be in year two, so they know what is expected.

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April 13, 2020 at 02:17 pm

Because the last 5 years of "fixing the defense" were not enough but this next one will be different? There is a term for doing the same thing and expecting a different result. It ain't flattering.

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stockholder's picture

April 13, 2020 at 03:30 pm

Who are you going to take if Murray and Queen are off the board? OT will sit the bench. Gutey is not going to throw money away and draft RT. You draft a OT and they won't resign Bahk or Linsley. Several Wrs are still rated above the DL. And Jones. You also won't change the team speed! Lets not forget how many #2 rd guys have been Busts in the last 5 yrs. Jenkins success was the first in many years, and he out played Gary and Savage. You talked about 4 super-bowls, Not going to happen with this DL. And a [email protected] is a major reach. (2nd rd. Talent in weak DL draft) And you surly won't make the super-bowl with these LBs. Their to slow and have to rush. Vacancy is Goodson, Frackrell.

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Stroh's picture

April 13, 2020 at 06:01 pm

Just stop already! The Packers are re-signing Bahktiari! Get it thru your head.

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Handsback's picture

April 13, 2020 at 08:49 am

I like him in the second round, but he's a bust candidate in regards to drops and route running. To me he's not a fluid receiver. Hard for him to change direction and keep his speed in and out of his routes.
Reminds me of a Phillip Dorsett. Great potential just not fluid enough for a number 1 receiver.

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Stroh's picture

April 13, 2020 at 12:24 pm

They don't need him to be a #1 WR, that is Davante's role. They need speed and playmaking w/ the ball in his hands type WR. Reagor and Aiyuk fit the bill perfectly. Route running will be a learned trait for any WR they draft this year, due to the abbreviated offseason especially. Route running is something every WR has to learn and perfect in the NFL. Very few of them are even adequate route runners when they enter the NFL. LaFleur would have to make it a point to get the ball in his hands and not count on route running to get him the ball, especially early in their careers.

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PeteK's picture

April 13, 2020 at 02:08 pm

He is the speedy elusive receiver that would provide a good change of pace. I would trade down to the middle of the second round for him because everything I've read has him being picked around the 40's. The additional 3rd round pick plus our 2nd and 3rd should enable us to draft solid prospects at ILB, OT, DT.

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PatrickGB's picture

April 13, 2020 at 10:27 am

I think you mean trade down to the middle of the second round? But I agree (not that it means anything) that many good players can be found in the second round. Unless a stud is available at 30, I say trade down.

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PeteK's picture

April 13, 2020 at 02:08 pm

Yes, thanks.

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dobber's picture

April 13, 2020 at 03:07 pm

I could see a trade if a targeted player isn't available, but I wouldn't like to see the Packers move down more than about 8-10 slots. I think that would put them on the fringe of the second-tier players they would be picking from at #30, but I like the idea of adding another round 3-4 pick for a modest move-back.

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stockholder's picture

April 13, 2020 at 03:42 pm

I wouldn't. Take Reagor @30 Then Sign CM3. He's better then Goodson and Frackrell. And you Keep your options in rd 2 and 3. I believe they could add Williams and Cm3. Rd 2 just changed to BPA and ILB in 3. Dye,Brooks or Wilson should be there.

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PeteK's picture

April 13, 2020 at 07:04 pm

In the 2018 draft Darious Leonard(2nd) and Fred Warner(3rd) .

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MikeS's picture

April 13, 2020 at 04:47 pm

Gutey has enough big body receivers, It's about time we replaced Cobb with a "burner" to boot.

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April 13, 2020 at 08:12 pm

Grab him in a heartbeat at 30 if Baun, Murray or Queen is not available. Difference maker as a WR and on the return team. Then come back at 62 and grab a LB like Logan Wilson of Wyoming or Malik Harrison of Ohio St LB. WR and LB in the first two rounds.

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GaryBaker22's picture

April 14, 2020 at 06:06 am

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 working inside as a slot receiver as well. NFL starter. Check out our guide and get ready to write a good invitation letter for any occasion! Sample letters are provided. https://answershark.com/writing/business-letters/how-to-write-an-invitat...

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