It was no secret that Philadelphia needed receiver help in the 2020 draft, but some thought the Eagles may have reached a bit on Baylor’s Jalen Reagor in the first round. Here are Reagor’s odds at Mybookie to win 2020 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year as well as the Eagles’ over/under win total.
The Eagles selected Reagor with the 21st pick of April’s draft. During a wide receiver rich draft, a record 13 wideouts were selected in the first two rounds. Jalen Reagor was the fourth receiver off the board.
Reagor’s father is former NFL defensive end Montae Reagor. He was a 1999 second-round pick by the Denver Broncos and played his final season in 2007 with the Eagles.
Out of Waxahachie High School in Texas, Reagor chose TCU over Alabama, Oklahoma, Baylor, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Oregon and Texas. He contributed immediately as a freshman in 2017 in being named the Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year. Reagor caught 33 passes for team-highs of 576 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. The receiving touchdowns were the most by a true freshman in the nation and sixth best by any Big 12 player. It also tied the TCU record set by KaVontae Turpin in 2015.
In 2018 as a sophomore, Reagor was named team MVP, the first wide receiver to win the award since Cory Rodgers in 2004. Reagor’s team-best 72 receptions and 1,061 yards receiving both ranked second for a season in TCU history. A whopping 44 of his 72 catches (61.1 percent) went for a first down or touchdown. He … led the Big 12 in percentage of his team’s receptions at 30.1 (72-of-239), the highest mark by a Horned Frog in the tenure of head coach Gary Patterson. Reagor’s team-best nine touchdown catches, which tied for the fifth-best season total in TCU history.
Reagor was not quite as dynamic last year with 43 receptions and 611 yards for five TDs. He was one of two players in the FBS in 2019 with two punt returns for touchdowns, reaching the end zone with returns of 73 yards against Kansas and 70 versus West Virginia. Reagor. ranked second nationally with a 20.8 punt return average.
Reagor dealt with one of the worst passing offenses in the country in 2019 as TCU was ranked dead last in the Big 12 in completion percentage (53.4%), 9th in pass yards per game (203.7) and last in pass yards per attempt (6.2), all of which were 90th or worse in the FBS. Reagor was held to 6.6 YPT and a 47% catch rate, but a prospect-low 60% of his targets were charted as catchable (55 of 92). Quarterback play was obviously an issue, though Reagor did have problems of his own, with nine drops and six fumbles.
After a 5-7 finish for the Horned Frogs on the year, Reagor opted to forgo his senior season and enter the 2020 NFL Draft.
Reagor had one bright spot at the NFL Combine as he had a vertical leap of 42 inches, which was second most of all wideouts. But not only did Reagor have a disappointing 40 time (4.47), his times in the 3-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle were awful. He ranked in the 5th and 8th percentile, respectively, among receivers.
Reagor was listed at 195 pounds on his bio at TCU but he showed up to the combine at 206. He has since shed that weight and became just the third TCU wideout to ever be selected in the first 2 rounds (Josh Doctson in 2016, Jimmy Oliver in 1995).
On tape, Reagor is at his best on straight-line routes where he can get upfield and utilize his 42-inch vertical. He has the body control to haul in contested catches. Reagor (5-foot-11, 206 pounds) has 4.47 speed and can contribute as a receiver, returner and ball carrier in the NFL.
“To be honest, I feel like I’m just the most versatile (receiver in the Class of 2020,” Reagor said recently. “I can do everything. You know, I feel like I haven’t even gotten close to my ceiling. You know, I can play any position. Like I said, when I’m on the field it’s more than 11 players on the offense. Really just the way I play my game. I feel like it’s on film and it’s going to be fun and I’m ready to play.”