Senior Bowl Dynasty Spotlight: Josh Reynolds, Texas A&M University
Height: 6’ 02 ¾”
Weight: 187 lbs
Hands: 8 ⅞’’
Arm: 31 ½”
40 yard dash: 4.52 (official)
NFL Comparison: Kenny Britt, Justin Hunter
Scouting Notes: Long and lean — maybe too lean — Reynolds has relied on his long stride to create separation throughout his consistently productive time at A&M- so productive in fact, that he’s bested Mike Evans in most Aggie receiving categories over his career, except for yards. This is not to say that Reynolds is slow. He’s got more than adequate speed and runs his routes smoothly, though he isn’t always sharp in his cuts and lacks polish. A lightning rod for red-zone targets, Reynolds uses his superior length and surprisingly strong body control to high-point the ball and, usually, come down with it for the score. Reynolds isn’t going to break a lot of tackles with his light and lanky frame, but he’s more of a big play receiver so most of the damage is done by the time he catches the ball. When it comes to blocking, Reynolds isn’t afraid to put himself out there, but he doesn’t always finish through and can come off as seeming disinterested in plays that don’t involve him directly.
*After a few days of Senior Bowl practice, Reynolds has shown that despite his long stride he can get good separation with sudden cuts followed by quick acceleration upfield – on one particular play, Reynolds left the gazelle-fast (21.2 mph top-speed per our analytics in partnership with Catapult Sports) Damontae Kazee with broken ankles after sinking his hips and turning back inside before swerving toward the sideline and cutting upfield. He’s been able to come down with several contested catches over physical corners, too. Every corner he has beaten this week will eventually cash an NFL paycheck. Unfortunately, Reynolds has dropped several uncontested passes here in Mobile, mainly on the first day of practice, which could be attributed to first-day jitters. With that consideration, it should also be noted that Reynolds has tiny hands for a receiver his size which is an excuse for the drops but also a long-term red flag and possible harbinger of more to come.
Fantasy Outlook: Reynolds isn’t an overly impressive specimen, but he’s been a playmaker and a scoring machine in a competitive conference. If he can routinely get behind defenses like he has in college, he could be in line for major fantasy production in the NFL. Hopefully, he puts on some more weight between now and then, as his relatively light weight could get him jammed up at the line before he has a chance to glide by defenders. Even if he doesn’t maintain a significant role as a game-breaker, Reynold’s length and body control should keep him useful as a red-zone target. His landing spot in the NFL draft will be key in deciding his dynasty value, both immediate and long-term.