The general consensus for what the Ravens will do in the first round of the draft points towards fortifying the defense. With inside linebacker and pass-rusher both still being positions of need, the Ravens may choose to address the wide receiver position on day two of the draft.
That being said, after improving from his 4.47 40-time mark at the combine, Jalen Reagor looks like he could find his way into the first round. Teams around the NFL wanted a taped pro day featuring Reagor and he did not disappoint.
Reagor ran his 40-yard dash with two timers marking him at 4.22 and 4.28. By demonstrating his sub-4.3 speed to go along with his great athleticism and open field abilities, Reagor could be the fourth receiver taken, even as early as 17 where the Cowboys are rumored to like Reagor’s skillset.
WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
2019 stats: 43 receptions, 611 yards, 5 TDs, 14.2 YPR, 14 carries, 89 yards, 6.4 YPC
Reagor’s underwhelming stats can be attributed to poor quarterback play. He made the most out of his opportunities despite not having a strong supporting cast. Even though many see Reagor being a better pro than collegiate athlete, he still needs to polish certain aspects of his game if he wants to be immediately impactful in the NFL.
- Has blazing speed as demonstrated while at TCU and at his pro day
- Is a true deep threat who smoothly and subtly blows by defenders
- Was a playmaker at TCU and delivered big plays when his team needed it
- Has extreme hops; jumped a 42-inch vertical at the combine
- Has the ability to leap over defenders and snatch the ball away from them
- Very smooth when cutting and juking; on par with the agility of a guy like Jerry Jeudy
- Understands route-running nuances and will only improve when going against NFL cornerbacks
- Has very good YAC ability and can take it to the house whenever the ball is in his hands
- Effectively uses head fakes to bait defenders and gain extra yardage
- In addition to catching deep balls, Reagor holds his own in contested catch situations
- Tremendous change of direction ability
- Spent most of his time lined up as an outside receiver rather than exclusively in the slot like many other receivers in this draft class
- Found great success as a kick and punt returner
- Has less than desirable hands heading into the pros
- Has trouble with concentration drops due to a lack of focus
- Has trouble early in the route when facing press coverage
- Needs to finish his routes
- Holds his own but can’t be relied upon to consistently come down with contested catches
- Doesn't have the most natural ball skills for a receiver
Floor Comparison: James Washington
Ceiling Comparison: D.J. Moore
How Reagor fits on the Ravens:
Should the Ravens draft Reagor, he’d have the ability to immediately step in as the No. 2 receiver alongside Marquise Brown. Combining the speed of both receivers would make the Ravens’ offense extremely dynamic, versatile, and unpredictable. Not only did Reagor find success as a wide receiver, but he succeeded out of the backfield in addition to jet sweeps and double reverses.
By lining up on the outside for most of his TCU career, Reagor should not have too steep of a learning curve when adjusting to lining up on the outside in the NFL. He and Miles Boykin would compliment the abilities of Marquise Brown by sharing snaps on the outside. Reagor has a real chance of being drafted in the first round of this year’s draft; don't be surprised if he doesn't get past the Ravens at 28.