Following the 2019 NFL season, it was abundantly clear that the Eagles had some holes to fill in order to truly compete for a Super Bowl in the 2020 season. If you watched even just a few snaps of the Eagles on offense, you’d know that the team lacked depth and production at the WR position. Carson Wentz had a really nice year considering he was without DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor for much of the season.
With a wide receiver rotation revolving around disappointing rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside, former QB Greg Ward, and some practice squad players, Carson Wentz was able to string together some nice wins down the stretch of the season with some help from rookie RB Miles Sanders. This level of dysfunction at the WR position was highlighted by media and fans alike. This led to the worst kept secret in the NFL: the Eagles were going WR in round 1. In steps Jalen Reagor, the team’s first round draft pick, a WR from TCU.
Jalen Reagor: The Star High School Athlete
Born on January 1, 1999, Reagor graduated from Waxahachie High School in Waxahachie, Texas in 2017. While in high school, Reagor played football for former NFL QB Jon Kitna. Jalen Reagor posted back-to-back 1,000 yard receiving seasons while in high school. He was named to the Under Armour All-America Game following his 2017 season. Reagor was also a track and field star in high school, earning a gold medal at the Texas State meet in 2017. It’s also noteworthy that Jalen is the son of former NFL DE Montae Reagor – who works for the Eagles currently.
Following his senior season, Reagor was considered a 4 star prospect according to 24/7 Sports. He was ranked 96th overall in his high school class and the 13th best WR. Reagor fielded scholarship offers from over 20 Division I schools, including Oklahoma, Alabama, Oregon, Notre Dame, Texas, and Florida State.
Initially Jalen Reagor had committed to Oklahoma, but decided to flip his commitment to TCU instead. Reagor noted that he wanted to be closer to friends and family as well as to play with two former teammates at TCU as the reasons for his change of heart.
Jalen Reagor enjoyed a promising freshman season with TCU, compiling 33 receptions for 576 years and 8 TDs.
Following his freshman year, he changed his number and was tagged as the early favorite to be the Horned Frogs’ WR1 going forward. His sophomore season is where he really broke onto the scene for TCU. He was able to amass 72 receptions for 1,067 yards and 9 TDs. He was able to add another 218 yards on kick/punt returns, as well as 170 yards rushing. Following his sophomore season, he had totaled an impressive 1,455 yards and 11 TDs.
In his final season with TCU, Reagor took a step back statistically. He was able to catch 43 passes for 611 yards and 5 TDs. He saw a spike with special teams production, totaling 384 yards and punt return TD. It was noted by PFF that Reagor was the victim of some of the worst QB play in the country.
NFL Draft Profile
Following his decision to enter the 2020 NFL draft, Jalen Reagor changed up his lifting routine to add muscle. Many scouts believed Reagor would be a 4.3 or even a 4.2 40 guy. His official combine 40 time came in at 4.47. At 5’11” 206 pounds, you’d ideally like to see the same type of speed you saw on film rather the clocked 4.47 time. However, Reagor ran a set of recorded timed 40’s at his own mock pro day and was clocked at 4.28 and 4.22. Prior to his junior season at TCU, Reagor was timed at a 4.29 40 during spring practices.
Reagor flashed some other nice measurables at the combine as well. He had 17 reps on the bench, a 42 inch vertical, and an 11’6″ broad jump.
Those measurables, combined with what they saw on tape, led the Eagles to select Reagor 21st overall.
Training Camp Preview
So far in Eagles training camp, Reagor has impressed coaches and media members alike. During the first open practice to media on Monday, Reagor lined up with the starting WRs on the outside. Wentz and Reagor seemed to enjoy an early connection as Wentz was able to hit Reagor multiple times, slashing the defense in the process. Reagor seemed to have some issues catching the ball on punts, as he dropped two of them early on in drills.
Overall it’s still far too early to tell exactly what Jalen Reagor will be in his NFL career. Training camp and highlights give us a glimpse of what could be, but only time will tell. Reagor seems to possess all of the physical and mental traits you’d like to see from a rookie WR and a future WR1. If nothing else, Reagor seems to be a guy who can change a game with just one catch. You can’t have enough guys like that on your football team.