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Jalen Reagor NFL Draft profile and fantasy projection

We profile down fringe first-round talent Jalen Reagor and predict his fantasy football impact ahead of the 2020 season.

Texas Christian Horned Frogs wide receiver Jalen Reagor against the California Golden Bears in the 2018 Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

TCU’s Jalen Reagor isn’t in the top tier of wide receiver prospects, but he could be appealing enough to be a first-round pick. He caught 72 passes for 1,061 yards and nine scores in 2018, but declined in 2019. He tallied 43 receptions for 611 yards in his final collegiate season, but a lot of that was because of the Horned Frogs’ inconsistent quarterback play.

Reagor has shown what he can do with with a quality player under center and comes from an NFL family. His father Montae Reagor spent eight seasons in the league as a defensive lineman. The younger Reagor might not be viewed as a superstar, but he has the tools to be an effective wideout in the pros. He’s has top-tier speed and a 42-inch vertical jump on his side.

Scouting Report

Reagor is a playmaker. If you put the ball in his hands, he makes things happen. He has tremendous yard after the catch potential and is also a special teams maestro. Reagor averaged more than 20 yards per touch on kickoff returns during his time at TCU and returned two punts for touchdowns last season.

The wideout struggled to catch contested passes and play through contact though. While he likely gained weight ahead of the NFL combine to improve his strength, he was much slower than expected in the 40-yard dash. His fastest attempt was a 4.47 while most expected him to get under 4.4 seconds. Sacrificing his blazing speed for size could set him back.

Here’s what scouts had to say about Reagor:

He’s electric with the ball in his hands so getting it to him quickly rather than asking him to consistently make plays for himself as a ball-winner could be crucial. — NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein

Reagor has the quicks to play in the slot and the vertical jump to play on the outside. With a do-it-all skill-set and proven special-teams acumen, he can impact his team from Day 1. Regardless of what the 40 time suggests, he gets up to top speed quickly. — Sports Illustrated’s Bill Huber

Highly rated by some, Reagor is a solid receiver who should go in the second day of the draft and produce at the next level as a slot wideout and return specialist. — Pro Football Network’s Tony Pauline

Reagor brings explosive burst and simultaneous control on his stems to carry himself for separation — he’s got upside to work inside as a slot receiver as well. NFL starter. — The Draft Network’s Kyle Crabbs

Mock Draft Results

Mel Kiper, ESPN: Out of first round
Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com: Out of first round
Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports: Indianapolis Colts at #34
Doug Farrar, Touchdown Wire: Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy impact: Rookie year

Reagor has a good chance to become a starter in year one. He won’t be the top option on any team, but he should get his fair share of touches. While he was primarily a receiver in college, he averaged more than nine yards per carry and rushed for 325 yards at TCU. That makes him a threat to reach the end zone through special teams, through the air, or on the ground. He has a shot at being at least a top 40 player at his position in season-long fantasy and DraftKings. It just depends on how his skills are used.

Fantasy impact: Career

Reagor has WR2 upside as a rookie, so he could rise and become a WR1 in time. His ceiling is high because of his ability to contribute in multiple areas. He might not lead the league in receiving yards or touchdowns, but his versatility could help him be a consistent top 20 target.