According to Bleacher Report Matt Miller’s latest mock draft (via Twitter), the Indianapolis Colts will be selecting a pair of former Big 12 Conference stars in the second round, TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor and Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts:
The Colts, having traded the 13th overall pick for San Francisco 49ers All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner, will currently begin their draft in the second round with two early picks: #34 and #44 overall.
With the 34th overall pick, Miller projects the Colts to select TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor.
The 5’11”, 206 pound junior wide receiver caught 43 receptions for 611 receiving yards (14.2 ypr avg.) and 5 touchdown receptions in 12 starts for the Horned Frogs this past season—earning 2nd Team All-Big 12 honors (for the second time).
While he only ran a 4.47 forty at the NFL Combine (perhaps because he bulked up too much for measurement purposes), Reagor has blazing fast speed on the field and is an explosive athlete—having posted a 42 inch vertical and 138.0 inch broad jump:
Here is the list of ball-carriers in the NFL that had a faster top speed than Jalen Reagor in 2019:— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 17, 2020
..... No one. https://t.co/1ppHCcwBN2
TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor— Brad Kelly (@BradKelly17) February 28, 2020
42“ vertical jump (97th percentile)
11’6 broad jump (5th best ever for WR)
When he was a senior in high school, Reagor had the #1 long jump in the US at 26’0. To say he is explosive is an understatement.
Reagor received a SPARQ rating (which measures overall athleticism) of 93.3%, which was the 5th best in this year’s wide receiver draft class among those who tested at the NFL Combine.
The son of former Colts Super Bowl Champion defensive tackle Montae Reagor would provide his father’s old team an electric wide receiver to pair with Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton—as well as join 2nd-year wide receiver Parris Campbell and returning wideout Zach Pascal.
The younger Reagor would provide newly signed Colts veteran quarterback Philip Rivers another dynamic, big play wide receiver—who can truly take the top off of opposing secondaries:
Let's start with his Reagor's best trait; speed.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 11, 2020
Time and time again, he runs past defenders for long scores. pic.twitter.com/3bofs6lgt3
I have three important words: Draft Jalen Reagor. pic.twitter.com/7yWStFncWg— Johnny Kinsley (@Brickwallblitz) February 28, 2020
Even though the Colts signed Rivers, he’s 38 years old, and the team could still look to draft and develop a long-term quarterback behind him.
Enter Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts, who Miller projects the Colts will select with the 44th overall pick come late April.
Hurts posted a 4.59 forty time, 35.0 inch vertical, and 125.0 inch broad jump—which his forty time was the second fastest, his vertical jump was the 5th highest, and he was tied for having the best broad jump among the quarterbacks who tested at this year’s NFL Combine.
As such, Hurts received a 95.6% SPARQ rating, which was the highest among all of the quarterbacks in his draft class.
In 2019, the 6’1”, 222 pound senior quarterback completed 237 of 340 passes (69.7%) for 3,851 passing yards, 32 touchdowns, and 8 interceptions in 14 starts for Oklahoma—as well as amassed 1,298 rushing yards on 233 carries (5.6 ypc. avg.) and 20 rushing touchdowns. (Hurts even caught a touchdown last season too).
The former Sooners standout earned Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year, First-Team All-Big 12 honors, and was a Big 12 Champion this past season.
Hurts is a dynamic, dual-threat quarterback who can make plays with both his arm and legs—but could use a year or two of seasoning to continue to work on his timing/anticipation, progression of reads, and continue his development as a young quarterback:
Jalen Hurts, QB, Oklahoma:— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) March 11, 2020
• Unshakable Poise (++)
• “It” Factor/Character
• Ultimate Leader (+)
• Short-to-Intermediate velocity
• Continued growth as a passer (+)
• Off-script creations
• Mobility/Designed run threat pic.twitter.com/68eK2uairj
However, out of the ‘Tier 2’ quarterbacks who may be available in Rounds 2-3, Hurts has as high of a ceiling as any of them—with the chance to one day become an impact NFL starter down the road—as a legit NFL playmaker.
Both Jalens here were former big-time stars in the Big 12 and would provide the Colts with two dynamic young athletes—who could be future key cogs of their offense in time.