There is no doubt that WR is a big need for the Saints this offseason. You can argue whether or not it is bigger than a few other positions like interior OL, CB, and LB, but there is very little doubt that another receiver opposite Michael Thomas is a must. Many of the mock drafts around have been mocking that second receiver to New Orleans since the season began.
The most popular of those prospect feel like TCU WR Jalen Reagor. Since Thor Nystrom of Rotoworld mocked Reagor to the Saints after last year’s draft, his name has been on my radar. But lots of others have mocked him to the Saints including Brandon Olsen and the Whole Nine Sports crew as well as on Monday, Benjamin Solak of The Draft Network.
Being a popular selection here in the Big Easy, let’s take a moment to meet the prospect: TCU WR Jalen Reagor.
148 catches, 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns over his three seasons at TCU. That includes a 2018 with over 1,000 yards and 9 touchdowns. Things slowed down for Reagor in 2019 totaling 611 yards and 5 touchdowns but that was a down year from TCU altogether who went 5-7 this season and were not bowl eligible, nor did they play in a championship game.
- Blazing speed, estimated to hit the low 4.3 potentially 4.2 area come the combine next month.
- Good route runner and looks to have the talent to add to his tree.
- Sells double moves and cuts really well with his head fakes.
- If a defender bites, he’s gone. Incredible deep ball speed.
- But that speed doesn’t limit him to a deep threat. Couple with his route running capabilities, he can house a quick slate, in or over route as well with his YAC ability.
- Smart and reads his defender well, knows how to get a DB off-balance.
- Sells his fakes and always knows his next move, very little hesitation on breaks.
- Not a blocker out in front, but has the wherewithal and team mentality to run interference on DBs from the outside.
- No red flags in terms of disciplinary issues. Team oriented guy.
- Has played every game for which he’s been eligible since he was a freshman. 39 of 39 games started. Healthy and durable.
Hands. He’ll get a case of the drops but it never looks to me like a stone-hands or butter-fingers type of situation. Looks like he tries to turn it upfield without first securing the ball. If that’s the catalyst for his drops, that’s a teachable adjustment. The Saints got their fill of deep threats with no hands over the last two seasons.
Deep threat with the ball skills and talent to be successful in the short/intermediate range game. Has the jump ball game to be an option in the redzone. Not super physical but his quick-twitch attributes could make him a threat in the slot at the next level. However, he would be the immediate starter opposite Michael Thomas on the boundary, replacing Ted Ginn Jr. Would be an excellent package together along with a guy in free agency to take care of the slot.