With the 21st pick in the 2020 NFL draft, the Philadelphia Eagles selected TCU receiver Jalen Reagor. One pick later, the Minnesota Vikings took LSU receiver Justin Jefferson. In both seasons since, Jefferson has firmly established himself among the leagues best receivers, while Reagor has well, not.
Perhaps Reagor can grab several points from Jefferson, because the two first-round receivers are actually teammates. On Wednesday, the Eagles sent Reagor to Minnesota in a trade. Per ESPNs Adam Schefter, Philly gets 2023 seventh-round NFL draft pick and a 2024 conditional fourth-round pick that could downgrade to a fifth-round pick if certain statistical marks aren’t met.
When youre ready to cut bait with a first-round pick just two full seasons into his NFL career, thats not just a great sign. Over those two seasons, Reagor had caught 65 passes on 110 targets for 697 yards and three touchdowns. In 2021 alone, Jefferson caught 108 passes on 163 targets for 1,616 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Reagor has already been in the prove-it phase of his career, while Jefferson has recently proven everything he needs do. With Jefferson because the obvious No. 1 in the Vikings offense, its worth seeing how new head coach Kevin OConnell and his staff could make probably the most out of Reagor as another (or third) banana.
A very important factor Reagor will need to tidy up will be the drops. Last season, he was in charge of five dropped passes, plus some of these were real howlers. Contrary to the Giants in Week 12, Reagor (No. 18) is wanting to utilize quarterback Jalen Hurts on a scramble drill. Reagor does get open as time passes, nevertheless, you cant increase your hand to your quarterback with the entire Keyshawn Johnson Throw me the damn ball thing, and just muff it such as this. This also introduces Reagors issues in gaining separation from coverage.
Reagor could be both athletic along with his routes, and acrobatic to obtain the ball, as he showed with this play in exactly the same game.
Reagor may also be a highly effective runner on sweeps along with other backfield color plays, as he showed with this 12-yard run contrary to the Chiefs in Week 4. Hes gained 58 yards on 14 carries through his NFL career, and since OConnell comes straight from the Sean McVay tree (he was the Rams offensive coordinator in 2020 and 2021), youd be prepared to see some offshoots of this sweep game, which in McVays hands is becoming among the NFLs most reliable.
Even though hes nobodys notion of at the very top route-runner in the Jefferson mold, Reagor has the raw speed to either beat a defender on a deep crosser (this 24-yard catch contrary to the Cowboys in Week 3)
or even to have a simple screen for a 34-yard gain by simply blasting through space (Week 15 contrary to the Commanders).
Reagor isn’t the transcendent talent the Eagles thought these were getting if they made him a first-round pick. If the Vikings maximize his abilities (speed, quickness, base agility), and minimize his liabilities (focus drops, route correctness), they might have a fascinating new piece within an offense that OConnell has said he really wants to start and make more expansive.
For the reason that capacity, Reagor will make probably the most of things earlier than later.