Jalen Reagor of TCU entered the 2019 season as one of the top wide receivers in the country.
But uncertainty at quarterback helped contribute to a disappointing 5-7 overall record for TCU. Predictably, Reagor didn’t have the season he was hoping for, finishing with 43 receptions for 611 yards and a career-low five touchdowns. Then came the grumblings about the 5-foot-11, 195-pound junior’s ability to run routes, as first reported by Walter Football.
Still, Reagor’s big-play ability combined with his speed – he’s expected to compete with Alabama’s Henry Ruggs III as the fastest player at the upcoming Scouting Combine – makes him an intriguing prospect who’s still considered a fringe first-rounder.
And for those who are concerned about his dropoff in production, there’s this nugget from CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso:
Writing @CBSSports WR draft rankings. Resurfacing this bananas stat:
Jalen Reagor (611 yds) accounted for basically the same % of TCU's receiving yds — 25% — as Justin Jefferson (1,540 yds) did for LSU this past season — 25.5%.
Lesson: Use market share to compare production
— Chris Trapasso (@ChrisTrapasso) February 12, 2020
In other words, there are still plenty of Reagor fans out there among both scouts and draft analysts alike.
“(Reagor) attacks every part of your defense and puts everyone on their heels. There is a chance that he could offer some real DeSean Jackson elements to your team with deep shots and the quick game. The acceleration is insane; he goes 0-to-100 real quick. If you are looking to add some juice to your operation, this is your guy on both offense and special teams.”
Sturm also mentioned some of his concerns, most notably Reagor’s “route-tree limitations,” ball security and catch radius, which Sturm said means “…contested catches and inside work might be difficult at the next level.”
Sturm compared Reagor to Mecole Hardman, who was drafted by Kansas City last year with the No. 56 overall pick.
Reagor is currently the No. 77 overall prospect in the latest Fanspeak-Steve big board.