Underrated: Jordan Reed
Reed is not yet a household name, but he will be after this upcoming year. He’s one of the toughest matchups in football. He can operate out of the slot and he can even spread out wide and run routes like a receiver. Somebody is going to have to plan for him every week. The West Coast style fits perfectly with him as a short and intermediate specialist. His most dynamic ability is to run after the catch. He becomes a running back downfield.
Overrated: Kirk Cousins
Cousins is one of those guys that would really struggle when you take talent out of the equation, and his QB play is not dynamic enough for them to run away with the division this year. [General manager] Scot McCloughan is an intelligent personnel man. He had some reluctance to pay Kirk—look what happened to the Ravens when they had to pay Joe Flacco after the Super Bowl. They had to let a lot of guys move on. The Falcons put themselves in the same boat with Matt Ryan as soon as they paid him $100 million, with no defense to speak of. So I applaud McCloughan for what he’s doing.