Saints Draft Prospect: Jalen Reagor at Wide Receiver
Kyle T. Mosley
WR Jalen Reagor of TCU could be available for New Orleans in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Saints truly need to complement All-Pro WR Michael Thomas with a fast, sure-handed, and dynamic playmaker at wide receiver. Reagor could be the player for Sean Payton to mold and develop as a star in the NFL.
Reagor has a combination of attributes similar to Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper and former NFL WR Antonio Brown. He is fast, shifty, and very explosive downfield. This has been a missing element in New Orleans for the past couple of years. Reagor's pass catching ability is good, but can be outstanding under the tutelage of Saints' WR Coach Curtis Johnson. In 2019, his production decreased because of the TCU quarterback situation.
Reagor's drop in production from 2018 to 2019 is overstated. He saw an accurate, on-target pass thrown his way on just 30.7% of his targets in 2019, a figure that stood as the fourth-lowest mark among qualifying FBS receivers this past season. Give Reagor an accurate NFL passer like Drew Brees and watch him prosper. The kid has legit 4.3 speed, solid ball skills for his size and game-changing ability after the catch. PFF - 2020 Mock Draft
Reagor's Stats in 2019 and Measurements
Receptions: 43 , 611 yards, 14.2 average, 5 TD
Special Teams: Kick Returns - 5, 72 yards, 14.4 average; Punt Returns - 15, 312 yards, 20.8 average, 2 TD
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 194 lbs
Reagor is 21 years old. If they give him the right coaching and quarterback, he will be highly productive. The Saints have one of the best offensive coaching staff members in Sean Payton (HC), Pete Carmichael (OC), and Curtis Johnson (WR Coach). He will learn from them and the best wide receiver in the NFL in 2019, Michael Thomas.
- Creates separation early in his routes
- Quick change of direction
- Good route running
- High points the football
- Great instincts
- Vision of the field
- Easily frustrated
- Needs to get stronger to handle larger NFL defensive backs
- Sometimes relies on his shiftiness too often
- Drops the football on special teams too often. Sean Payton considers once as too much for a kick/punt returner.
- Blocking needs work
Reagor has a good chance to still be available for the Saints at #24 in the first-round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Plenty are eager to view the 2020 wide receivers at the NFL Combine this week. I am sure Reagor’s speed will not disappoint, but will it be enough for the Saints to pull the card for a WR at that spot in the draft?