According to The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson, the Indianapolis Colts are among the teams that have expressed ‘steady interest’ in TCU wide receiver Jalen Reagor:
NFL draft video conferences: TCU WR Jalen Reagor talks with Eagles, Cowboys; Reagor has also drawn steady interest from Colts, Seahawks, Dolphins, Giants @jalenreagor @TCUFootballhttps://t.co/lxLg3Mz1or— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 17, 2020
The junior wideout caught 43 receptions for 611 receiving yards (14.2 ypr. avg.) and 5 touchdown receptions in 12 starts this past season—earning 2nd-Team All-Big 12 honors for a consecutive season.
His numbers were limited by shaky starting quarterback play with the Horned Frogs, as per Pro Football Focus, Reagor saw a catchable pass on just 61.4% of his targets—which ranked 118th among 120 wideouts.
Of course, Reagor is the son of former Colts Super Bowl Champion defensive tackle Montae Reagor—although he’s traded in his father’s size and strength for speed and agility.
At 5’11”, 206 pounds, Reagor ran a 4.47 forty time, had a 42.0 inch vertical, and posted a broad jump of 138.0 inches at the NFL Combine.
While he didn’t run as fast as projected, it may have been a byproduct of trying to bulk up too much for his weigh in—as he plays much faster on the field:
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
Those measurables helped give the younger Reagor a SPARQ rating in the 93.3% NFL percentile (good for 5th best in his wide receiver draft class):
Reagor is the type of blazing fast wide receiver, who can consistently separate and take the top off of any defense vertically—as well as any short pass catch ‘to the house’, if opposing secondaries aren’t careful in their pursuit:
WR @jalenreagor will go up and TAKE IT. @TCUFootball— NFL (@NFL) April 10, 2020
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.@TCUFootball WR @jalenreagor is the REAL deal.— Stadium (@Stadium) April 11, 2020
Check out his full highlights here ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/hCiUcxG3UT
He’s also a nuanced route runner, who can fight for highly contested catches. His versatility allows him to line up at wide receiver all over the field—including running the football on jet sweeps. He also can add value as a standout special teams returnman
However, Reagor’s concentration can lapse at times catching the football and with his overall ball security. His lack of focus can also lead to unfinished routes—although some of that may have been in frustration from his lackluster quarterback play.
While he plays bigger than his size and can go up and get the football—displaying excellent ball skills, he’s also not going to be a wideout who consistently outmuscles or boxes out opposing cornerbacks like bigger bodied wide receivers otherwise would.
Here’s what other draft experts are saying on Reagor:
Jeremy Maclin. Reagor has his flaws as a pass catcher, but his explosiveness and game breaking potential will win over lots of teams. https://t.co/byLAHz1EeC— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) January 31, 2020
Missed opportunities was a constant theme that kept popping up with TCU WR Jalen Reagor.— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) February 7, 2020
He gets open consistently, but isn’t always allowed to reap the benefits. pic.twitter.com/999F3SHPt9
We already know about #TCU WR Jalen Reagor’s ability as a receiver, but his value as a return specialist will help him a lot on the next level.— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) November 29, 2019
Brandin Cooks is the comp I've been using for Jalen Reagor.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) December 2, 2019
Similar size and explosive athletes. https://t.co/m3pCngohDh
That's the No. 1 area where Reagor must improve this season. Outstanding athlete who understands route leverage to create his own separation, but his finishing skills are inconsistent.— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) September 14, 2019
6.8% drop rate last year. Has 1st round talent if he improves. https://t.co/jqM34bnDgk
Today 2 more receivers - Ceedee Lamb and Jalen Reagor. Lamb was one of my more fascinating evaluations. I watched him in detail in both 2018 and 2019. There were times I loved his tape, and other times I was less certain. But don't get me wrong - he's a strong prospect. pic.twitter.com/xmvCEUT9lW— Greg Cosell (@gregcosell) March 31, 2020
Jalen Reagor's tape is absolutely maddening. QB play is one thing, but the dude constantly leaves you wanting more, in 2018 and 2019.— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) April 3, 2020
I have Reagor mid-round 2. There are things I like and things that concern me. A lot of it will be scheme fit and his ability to develop on the fly. https://t.co/f8M3ZpVC67— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) February 20, 2020
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
Jalen Reagor, WR, TCU-— Ryder (@RyderM25) April 10, 2020
- Big play threat
- Play speed and explosiveness
- Nuanced route runner
- Body control/Contested catches
- YAC ability
- Understands how to manipulate DB's
- Easy separator
- Quick and precise release game#NFLDraft #GoFrogs pic.twitter.com/W0Rn9uezmd
The Colts are widely expected to select a wide receiver with either the 34th or 44th overall picks in the early second round of the draft, and it’s possible Reagor could still be on the board for either or both of their picks.
Reagor would present an electrifying wideout to pair on the other side of Pro Bowler T.Y. Hilton along the outside—who can attack defenses vertically or as an explosive weapon after the catch.
While he’s not the big bodied wideout that many Colts fans covet, Reagor’s a bonafide playmaker, who makes a whole lot of sense for Indianapolis come draft day.