NFL.com Gives Jalen Reagor Shockingly Low Projection for 2020 Rookie Season
This year's NFL Draft Class was exceptionally deep at one position in particular: wide receiver. Many college stars began their NFL chapters this April, but which ones will have the most success in their rookie campaign?
NFL.com projected a top-10 rookie season production rank for the incoming wide-outs, and the order definitely slights a few players. One rookie, in particular, that may enter the NFL with a chip on his shoulder is the Philadelphia Eagles first-round pick and slot receiver Jalen Reagor.
The 5-foot-11-inch Reagor is no stranger to low expectations, coming from a smaller university than some of the other top freshmen in TCU. NFL.com puts him 10th in production, despite his high draft status. Reagor has been taken lightly before, but his stats say otherwise.
The Horned Frogs star had more 1,000 receiving yards off 72 receptions during his sophomore year. He also added 170 rush yards that season. Although his numbers dipped last year (as a junior), one could argue this was more so because of poor quarterback play. Reagor only had 31 percent of the passes thrown his way deemed as accurate, which paled in comparison to other rookies.
He is also the perfect fit in Philly, so long as he wins the slot receiver job out of camp. Greg Ward Jr. won that position during the second half of 2019, but he is a former quarterback and positive story, not a superstar. Reagor should be able to beat out Ward for this role, one that was heavily utilized by Carson Wentz last year.
With a playstyle comparable to Deebo Samuel, who was a breakout rookie just one year ago, and a level of raw talent comparable to Tyreek Hill, Reagor's poised to have one happy marriage with Philadelphia. He can rack up receptions, pick up yards after the catch and even run the ball in Doug Pederson's creative offense. Reagor seems underrated here again, but that's just where he likes to be.
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