The 2020 draft took a while to get out of the gates, but after a few picks, the GM’s were in the flow! The draft was moving along at a great pace. We managed to get through the first 10 picks without a trade. Unprecedented! Wide receivers start falling and Eagles fans are clamoring for a trade up. Ruggs goes to Las Vegas, Jeudy goes to Denver, and CeeDee Lamb is sitting there begging for the Eagles to trade up. Howie stays silent, and the Cowboys are on the clock. Don’t do it Jerry!! The Cowboys stick it to the Eagles and take Ceedee Lamb at 17. The Eagles stand pat at 21. Justin Jefferson is staring the Eagles in the eyes at 21. What are they gonna do?
The Draft Pick
With the 21st pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select…Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU. Eagles Twitter and every mock draft explodes….What? No Justin Jefferson? He was available, so why didn’t we take him? Well, that’s a question for Howie Roseman. However, the Eagles drafted a very talented receiver in Jalen Reagor. Is he worth a first round pick? What does he contribute to the Eagles offense? Well, let’s take a look…
Who is Jalen Reagor?
Jalen Reagor is a 5’11, 196 lb Junior from TCU. Eagles fans might remember the name “Reagor.” Jalen’s father Monte Reagor played multiple seasons in
the NFL. He played one season in Philly, where he was the recipient of the Ed Block Courage award. Needless to say, there’s an excellent football pedigree in the Reagor household. Jalen arrived on campus as a freshman and made his impression felt early and often. He finished the freshman campaign with 33 receptions for 576 yards with 8 touchdowns. He earned himself Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year honors for the Big 12
conference. Reagor also earned a spot on the 2017 True Freshman All-American team. In the following two years, Jalen earned 2nd team All Big 12 honors despite lackluster play at the quarterback position.
Jalen Reagor can be labeled as a playmaker. He’s a versatile football player and can play every skill position on the offensive side of the football. You’ll see him in the
backfield, running a jet sweep, catching a deep ball, and returning kicks. Reagor displays explosiveness after the catch. He establishes reasonable body control at the point of contact. Finally, Reagor’s shows off good footwork and has tremendous field vision.
The one area of improvement for Jalen Reagor demanding attention: Concentration Drops! In the NFL, you need to be consistent, or you’ll be gone. If a receiver is dropping routine balls, you’ll be cut before you know it. Reagor is a burner on the field. He’s not very physical and has a difficult time reeling in contested catches. Finally, when playing at receiver, he lined up exclusively on the right side. This shouldn’t be a huge issue for him down the road as he gets acclimated to the NFL style of play.
The Eagles fans may be upset that Justin Jefferson is a Viking, but Howie Roseman drafted a playmaker in Jalen Reagor. The rookie will learn under the tutelage of Desean Jackson. Watch this kid develop and Jalen Reagor will be a weapon in the Eagles offense for years to come!