PRO 2020 Rookie Spotlight: Jalen Reagor, WR TCU

Rookie Spotlight: Jalen Reagor, Texas Christian University
Height: 5’ 10 5/8” (official)
Weight: 206 lbs (official)
Hands: 9 1/2”
Arm: 31 3/8”
40 yard dash: 4.47 (official)
NFL Comparison: Jeremy Maclin, Curtis Samuel, Percy Harvin

– explosive
– high points the ball
– dangerous on every level
– plays fast
– extremely athletic
– high end long speed
– sharp route runner
– excellent returner
– terrific open-field vision
– NFL pedigree
– 94th percentile SPARQ athlete

– too many concentration drops
– can struggle with the press at times
– ran a simple route tree

2019 Team Market Share Numbers:

20% receptions
25% receiving yards
33% receiving TDs

Scouting Notes: Reagor is a player I get excited to see step on the field. He plays so fast and with a lot of head and arm movement in his stems. He just looks powerful moving up the field with intention and purpose. Reagor is a ball of unstable energy that could explode at any moment to break a play. His routes are sharp but simple – He wasn’t asked to run a lot of different routes at TCU, in large part due to suspect QB play. He admitted as much at the combine, saying he was mainly only asked to run go routes and posts at TCU. Reagor is best when he’s moving vertically on deep plays, but to say he’s a one-trick pony is selling him short – Reagor is dangerous at every level. He can run the ball out of the back field or play inside and exploit the defense on slant routes when asked, in addition to doing everything a Z receiver is required to do.

Reagor seems much faster than his 4.47 forty time at the Combine would indicate, and he’s even been said to have run a 4.32 at TCU. He told reporters in Indy he was hoping to run in the “high 4.2s.” Even if he’s not quite that fast, he plays with the speed he possesses with consistency, and he’s not going to get caught from behind most of the time. If he is neck and neck with a corner for the ball, he has a 42” vertical and is adept at high pointing the ball and/or catching it where the defender can’t reach it. Reagor had more than his share of drops in college though, and that’s his biggest weakness on tape. PFF credited him with catching fewer than 50% of his pure targets during the 2019 season. Much of the blame can be again placed on poor QB performance, but Reagor has to learn to focus and concentrate on getting his hands on the ball regardless of who’s throwing it to him at the next level.

As explosive and powerful as Reagor appears, he can sometimes get bogged down in the press against bigger corners – something he’s surely working on in Dallas during NFL draft prep with trainers like David Robinson and Clay Mack, running routes against the likes of Jeffrey Okudah. He’s also not the most convincing blocker, but he wasn’t really asked to do that much in college either. Reagor has a high ceiling and shouldn’t take too long to be a regular contributor on offense and special teams as a returner.

Fantasy Outlook: We really like Reagor as a prospect. He’s the kind of player that a team can use all over the field and can take it to the house from wherever he may be. His production was down his last season, but again… bad QB play. Teams looking for a guy who isn’t as high-profile as a Jeudy or Lamb but possess just as much or more upside will get their money’s worth in Reagor, who comes from NFL pedigree – His father Montae played in the league for 8 years. He’s a top 5 WR prospect in the class, and you should draft him as such in dynasty.

From the TCU Athletic Department

– 2020 NFL Combine
– 2019 Second-Team All-American (PR), FWAA
– 2019 Second-Team All-American (PR), Phil Steele
– 2019 Second-Team All-American (All-Purpose), Sports Illustrated
– 2019 Second-Team All-Big 12 (WR and PR/KR)
– 2019 Second-Team AP All-Big 12 (All-Purpose)
– 2019 Big 12 Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, vs. Kansas
– 2018 Second-Team All-Big 12
– 2018 Pro Football Focus Second-Team All-Big 12
– 2018 Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award Honor Roll, vs. Oklahoma State
– 2017 True Freshman All-America Team, 247Sports
– 2017 Big 12 Co-Offensive Freshman of the Year

2019 | JUNIOR
Named to three All-America teams … one of two players in the FBS in 2019 with two punt returns for touchdowns … reached the end zone with returns of 73 yards against Kansas and 70 versus West Virginia … ranked second nationally with a 20.8 punt return average, breaking the previous TCU season record of 20.4 by Linzy Cole in 1969 … became TCU’s career leader in punt return average at 17.8 yards, bettering the previous mark of 16.0 by Blanard Spearman (1930-32) … led TCU with 43 receptions and 611 yards while tying for the team lead with five touchdown catches … had his fourth career 100-yard receiving game with 128 yards on seven receptions at Oklahoma State … totaled a season-best eight receptions for 85 yards at Kansas State … recorded six receptions for 57 yards versus West Virginia, in addition to his 70-yard punt return for a touchdown … had a 55-yard touchdown grab, his season-long reception, as part of three catches for 83 yards in the 33-31 win at Texas Tech … posted scoring grabs of 7 and 22 yards as part of four catches for 69 yards at Iowa State … had a 44-yard touchdown catch in the 37-27 win over No. 15 Texas … had at least one reception in each game.

Quotable from the Combine:

IS 206 THE WEIGHT YOU WANT TO PLAY WITH AT THE NEXT LEVEL? — “That’s about where I want to play at, 205. So, it feels like a steady weight. I can still be explosive, still fast, still separate.”

IS THAT A WEIGHT YOU HAD TO BUILD UP? — “I wouldn’t say build up to, but I was already around there. So, I had to drink a little bit of water. I was good.”

IS THERE A ROUTE YOU LIKE TO RUN? — “I can run anything: a curl, a go-ball, a corner, post, in route. So, anything I need to run I can run.”

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF MORE AS A SLOT, BACKFIELD KIND OF PLAYER AT THE NEXT LEVEL? — “Absolutely. I did it in college. So, like I said, whatever the team needs me to do, I’ll be able to do it.”

IS THERE A PLAYER YOU COMPARE YOURSELF TO? — “I kind of like Deebo Samuel. So, him, Stefon Diggs, and probably Tyreek Hill.”

WHAT ALLOWED YOU TO BE USED ON JET SWEEPS AT TCU? — “Just my versatilty. I’ve been doing that since high school since I just started playing football, playing with I know the whole offense. Just being able to know the playbook.”

ANY RUNNING BACK EXPERIENCE? — “I do. I played running back all the way up until my freshman year.”


ARE YOU GOING TO BEAT HENRY RUGGS IN THE 40-YARD DASH? — “That’s my plan. He runs after me. I’m going to set the bar for him.”

WHAT SEPARATES YOU? — “My versatility. I play running back. I played a little bit of quarterback. I’m a little bit of a return specialist. So, I can pretty much do it all.”

WHERE DO YOU NEED TO GET BETTER? — “Everywhere. I can develop my game everywhere: routes, hands, attacking the ball, blocking. So, I feel like I just have my ceiling is very high.”

DO YOU AND YOUR DAD, A FORMER 2ND-ROUND PICK, HAVE A COMPETITION ABOUT WHERE YOU’RE GOING TO GO? — “Not a competition. He wants me to go as high as possible. All he does is support me. Like I said, he was a good player in the league, a great player in the league, won a Super Bowl. So, it’s not really a competiton.”

WHAT IS THE MOST UNDERRATED ASPECT OF YOUR GAME? — “Just me being able to do everything like every other receiver. People may look at my size and think maybe I can’t or my wingspan or my catch radius, but I feel like I can do everything as good as everybody else.”

DOES THAT PUT A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER? — “Absolutely. That’s how I play.”

WERE YOU SURPRISED IN YOUR LAST YEAR AT TCU YOU DIDN’T GET MUCH CHANGE TO CREATE YAC? — “It was surprising, but I felt like it was time to show my real character and show that I can lead without the ball, lead without being I was getting the ball 12 times a game. So, I just felt like it was showing teams what I could without the ball.”

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THE QB PLAY LIMITED YOU LAST YEAR? — “I wouldn’t say it was limited. I was say it was just rhythm. I was going back to practice and it was a different quarterback or just being like a receiver and a quarterback you have to have rhythm with your quarterback. And it was hard to get on track sometimes.”

WHAT IS IT ABOUT TYREEK HILL THAT YOU LIKE AND SEE IN YOUR GAME? — “He can take the top off a defense anytime and then return specialist. Usually you see Mecole and then for a return you put Tyreek back.”

HOW MUCH DO YOU WATCH TYREEK HILL? — “I watch Tyreek Hill every day. Every day.”

HAVE YOU SPOKEN TO HIM? — “I haven’t. But hopefully I will be after I run my 40.”

YOU HAVE HOPS WHILE THAT ISN’T THE SIGNATURE TRAIT OF TYREEK HILL — “Me being a smaller receiver, I can still be a deep threat because I can jump out of the gym. So, I just feel like that just elevates my game.”

WHO HAVE YOU MET WITH AT THE COMBINE? — “49ers, Seahawks, Broncos. I’ve had 15 formal interviews. So, I have had a lot of teams meet with me.”


WHAT ABOUT THE COWBOYS AND EAGLES? — “I haven’t met the Cowboys yet. The Eagles, yes.”

TEXANS? — “No, not yet.”

WHAT STOOD OUT TO YOU ABOUT THE CHIEFS? — “Just the way they met with me. They showed interest and tested me, stuff like that. So, I’m very humbled by all the experience, seeing all the coaches, being able to hear their input on my film.”

WHAT ABOUT PLAYING WITH A GUY LIKE PATRICK MAHOMES? — “I talk to Patrick Mahomes a lot. So, being able to be around all those fast guys: Mecole, Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins. Being around all those great players.”

HOW LONG HAVE YOU TALKED TO PATRICK MAHOMES? — “It’s been good even since I’ve been in college because I was originally committed to Texas Tech. That’s where he went. That’s where my parents went. So, I have always talked to him. I have thrown with him a few times. So, pretty good.”

DO YOU ENVISION YOURSELF IN AN OFFENSE LIKE THE PATRIOTS? — “Absolutely because I’m very vesatile. So, wherever you would need me on the field, I feel like I can thrive.”




WHAT’S IT LIKE GOING AGAINST JEFF GLADNEY? — “I feel like that’s the best corner in this draft. He’s very underrated, but, like I said, that’s what made me the receiver I am today just going up against him since I was a freshman. It’s good to go up against a great player every day.”

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR RICH EISEN’S 40-YARD DASH? — “Work on his start and drive to 20.”


WHAT TIME DO YOU EXPECT TO RUN? — “High 4.2, low 4.3.”

YOUR HAVE A COMBINATION OF SPEED AND SIZE — “Most fast guys are thin. They have a lot of injuries, hamstring injuries. And that’s me. Pretty healthy guy, pretty reliable and I have a good frame. So, I can take a lot of what’s coming through the game.”

HOW HAS YOUR DAD HELPED YOU? — “He’s helped me a lot. He’s given me info, given me insight, let me know what to do, what not to do, and the ins and outs of the game.”

HOW DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU CAN BLEND SLOT AND VERTICAL ROUTES? — “Absolutely. I’m a vertical guy. I can run any route. But I’m a smaller guy. So, getting in there behind those linebackers. I feel like it can be a good advantage.”

WHAT’S IT LIKE TRAINING WITH DENZEL MIMS? — “He works hard. He’s a hard worker. I played against him in the Big 12. Real close friends. So, just being able to train with that guy has been good.”

WHAT’S IT LIKE TRAINING WITH GLADNEY IN FRISCO AS WELL? — “That’s my teammate. So, it’s big. I can be around my teammate all day. We can do work releases, work around each other every day and just make each other better.”


DO YOU FEEL LIKE THERE ARE FALSE NARRATIVES ABOUT YOUR SKILL SET? — “Because I feel like my sophomore year a lot of this talk only came when I had concentration drops. So, I feel like people look at my stuff and they’ll be like they’ll say more about it than anybody else. So, I just feel like people they just — like I said, I’m underrated. So, that’s fine.”

HOW DO YOU COMPARE TO TYREEK HILL? — “He’s versatiltity, his size, very quick receiver, very fast. You can use him anywhere on the field. You put him in the backfield and he can just do everything, and when you can do everything in the NFL, you’re pretty valuable.”



WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THAT? — “That’s where our offense primarily wanted me to be. I can play. I know the whole offense: X, Y, H, Z. So, wherever I needed to be, I could play it.”

WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING CONSIDERED IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS RECEIVER CLASS? — “I’m part of the deep wide receiver class. I’m one of those guys. So, that doesn’t bother me.”

WHAT’S A GOAL OF YOURS? — “Just staying healthy. Just being available. Because you can be a good player, but if you’re not availble, you have no value.”

WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING OUT IN FRISCO AT EXOS? — “It’s always great being around a lot of great players, like Jeff Okudah, Jeff Gladney, Denzel Mims. Just being around a lot of those guys, it drives you to keep going.”

SO YOU’RE MORE TYREEK OR DEEBO? — “Just a little bit of a mixture.”

BECAUSE OF THEIR VERSATILITY? — “Yeah. With Tyreek just speed and taking the top off the defense. And with Deebo, just his versatility.”

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF? — “Big play waiting to happen. Very versatile. I can make something happen in situations that you might not think I can. I’m coming to make an immediate impact wherever I go.”

WHAT IS YOUR EARLIEST FOOTBALL MEMORY? — “I would say I would just my best football memory: my first collegiate touchdown. It was a Hail Mary before halftime. I had seen the ball. I had jumped and I was very excited. I didn’t even know what to do.”

HAVE YOU TALKED TO THE STEELERS? — “I talked to them last night. Formal.”

DID YOU GROW UP AS A FAN OF ANY PARTICULAR TEAM? — “Whatever team my dad played for is what I was a fan of.”

ANY MEMORIES OF YOUR DAD ON THE BRONCOS? — “No. He was just — he had seen a mock that had me going to Denver and he said that would be crazy for your first team to be Denver if my first team was Denver. So, not really.”

ANY MEMORIES OF HIM PLAYING IN DENVER? — “Him playing there. John Elway, and things like that.”

WHAT DID HE TELL YOU ABOUT BEING A ROOKIE? — “You have to be a sponge, soak everything up, go in knowing that everybody might not help you. You might be taking someone’s job, food off someone’s plate. So, you’ve got to go in with a business mindset.”

WHAT WAS IT LIKE MEETING WITH THE 49ERS AND DID THEY TALK ABOUT DEEBO SAMUEL’S VERSATILITY? — “They talked to me a lot about being versatile, being able to play wherever, being able to know the playbook. They will use me anywhere in the offense and they want a chance to use my speed. So, in the Super Bowl, they threw the ball eight times. So, he said we look to change that basically. So, they really like me though.”


IMPRESSIONS OF YOUR MEETING WITH BUFFALO — “They really tried to test me a lot and see what I knew, see what I didn’t know, and just see where I was mentally.”

WOULD YOU MIND PLAYING THERE? — “I wouldn’t mind.”

HOW MUCH DISTANCE DO YOU NEED TO MAKE SOMEONE MISS? — “You can be as close to me as this mic and I’ll make someone miss. And being a returner is about making the first guy miss.”


WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER OF YOUR DAD’S YEAR IN PHILADELPHIA? — “I just remember that was the last time I had seen him play football. So, it was hard for me because I was like seeing my dad being done with the game, but it was fun seeing it go out the right way.”

ANY MEMORIES OF BEING IN INDIANAPOLIS? — “I remember Christmas down here and it snowed real heavy and I couldn’t even ride my bike. So, I was mad.”

AND YOUR DAD PLAYED FOR THE COLTS — “Him winning a Super Bowl and him coming to get me when they got the ring.”

YOU WORK OUT WITH OKUDAH — “Not head-to-head, but we coach each other up. See what he can get better on, see what I can get better on as far as anything. Running 40’s: we watch each other and I make sure he’s right. So, it’s all love. We just make sure we hold each other accountable.”


NOT ON YOUR TEAM — “Probably when I played Jeff at Ohio State my sophomore year.”

WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER ABOUT YOUR DAD’S ACCIDENT? — “I just remember hearing about it and I wanted to see him back, but I couldn’t. And then when I saw it, it upset me, but things happen and you have to move on. And I was young, so, I kind of didn’t understand.”

HAVE YOU TALKED TO THE PACKERS? — “I have talked to the Packers. I feel like there is a lot of interest. They seem like they like me. We watched some film. They seem pretty interested.”

HOW CAN SPEED CHANGE THE GAME? — “Just being able to take the top off the defense every play. I’m a big play waiting to happen. I can separate at will, get off press coverage, and I can make immediate impact.”

WOULD YOU MIND GOING TO THE GIANTS? — “I wouldn’t mind it. I wouldn’t mind playing anywhere. It’s a blessing to be picked up by any team. It’s a blessing to be drafted by any team. So, I wouldn’t mind playing anywhere.”


FORMAL OR NOT? — “Formal.”

WHAT’S IT LIKE HAVING GLADNEY TO WORK WITH? — “Like I said, it was great going up against him every day in practice, whether it was team, 7-on-7, or we were getting single reps by ourselves. Just being able to keep going up a great player since my freshman year. So, I played early, started as a freshman, and got to go up against him for three years.”

WHAT ABOUT WORKING WITH DENZEL MIMS? — “Like I said, that’s one of my best friends. Working out with him, he’s a hard worker, drives me. I drive him. We just try to achieve our dream together.”

ARE YOU WORKING WITH MOORE FROM PURDUE? — “It’s just a football world. We played each other, shook hands, exchanged contacts, and went from there.”

DO YOU TALK TO EACH OTHER? — “We talk to each other every now and then, just check in on each other.”

WHAT’S THE BEST YOU HAVE EVER RUN? — “Laser, the best I ever ran was 4.34.”

WHO IS THE BEST RECEIVER IN THE CLASS? — “I think it’s probably CeeDee. I was initially going to go to OU with him. That’s like my brother. I’ve known him for a long time. We do everything. So, probably CeeDee.”

HOW DO THE MEETINGS GO? — “They’ll put a play on the board, and they’ll talk about some formations. And then we’ll watch some film and towards of the end of the meeting they ask, ‘Do you remember that play we asked you?’ And I feel like I did pretty good. They’ll have you write like five formations or remember a play they told you. And I feel like I remembered them well.”

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COLLEGE AND PRO FILM WISE? — “It’s pretty much the same. It’s just that the verbage is different. It’s pretty much the same though.”


WHY? — “Very patient. Great player obviously, and he’s a good player, a great player, very patient, takes him time, works hard. I see him perfect his craft every day.”


WHO IS THE BEST TCU PLAYER WE’RE NOT TALKING ABOUT? — “Taye Barber. When I was down, that was the guy. So, he’s a good receiver, about the same build, maybe a little bit smaller. But he’s a versatile guy and can do everything.”

DOES HE REMIND YOU OF YOU? — “He is. Very good player.”

WHO IS THE TOUGHEST GUY YOU FACED IN A GAME? — “Probably Parnell Motely. He’s very aggressive. Likes to get your hands on you. He’s a great player.”

ARE YOU SURPRISED HE’S NOT HERE? — “I feel like people are hand-chosen and usually the players that don’t show up here are usually the guys that show up later. So, you never know.”

DID YOU HAVE A FAVORITE TEAM? — “I just love football in general. I don’t have a favorite team. I just love football.”

WHAT DO YOU FEEL YOUR BEST ROUTE IS? — “In our offense, we mainly ran posts, gos, and in routes, but I can run any route. Any route you need me to run, I can run. The problem is that’s what we ran in our offense. So, people talk about I only ran vertical routes and I only ran — I don’t pay attention to that because that’s what our offense consisted of.”

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PLAY AT TCU? — “We had a play called DC, deep choice route. It’s an option route.”

HOW ARE YOU CHALLENGING EACH OTHER, YOU AND DENZEL MIMS? — “We’re two good receivers in this draft class. So, just working out with each other, we hold each other accountable. We do try to do more reps with each other. We try to run fast with each other. Even when we’re running we try to give each other pointers like on this 40 I gave him some pointers, help him run the fastest time. But I want to see him run 4.3. He’s a great receiver. I feel like he’s going to shock everyone when he plays.”

A HORNED FROG AND A BEAR WORKING OUT THOUGH — “I’m 21 years old though. I love football, and I care about that dude. So, that’s my guy.”

WHAT DO YOU LEARN IN THOSE INTERVIEWS? — “You’re just going to be tested. Honestly, they’re trying to see where your mind is mentally. They know you’ve been looking at plays for a long time. So, you kind of have to recollect everything.”

“It helps me be very versatile. I feel like I can do whatever a team needs me to do. Maybe come in and be a return specialist at first or be a receiver at first. But whatever you need me to do, I’ll be able to do it: punt return, kick return, whatever you need me to do.”

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