Once CeeDee Lamb went to the Cowboys at 17, whatever pick the Eagles made was going to be a disappointment. At least Justin Jefferson was still available though -- the wide receiver many believed Philly would land from the start.
Well, Jefferson went one pick AFTER the Eagles' pick, because they took Jalen Reagor instead.
The pick wasn't a total shock, with reports surfacing earlier Thursday the club had become enamored with the TCU wideout. Yet, after months of dissecting the top four at the position -- one of whom was on the board, another going to a hated division rival picks earlier -- hearing Reagor's name was a massive letdown for many observers.
That's not to say Reagor is a bad choice. He's a speedy receiver who can get open underneath and make plays with the ball in his hands, or run deep and take the top off a defense.
The numbers are less impressive than the tape, however. Reagor racked up for 2,248 yards and 22 touchdowns receiving in three seasons, plus another 324 yards and 2 scores on the ground. And at the combine, he measured 5-foot-11, 206 pounds and timed 4.47 seconds in the 40-yard dash. All fine, but not the eye-popping production of peers like Jefferson, Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, or amazing measurable speed like Henry Ruggs III.
Granted, TCU's game of musical chairs contributed to Reagor's pedestrian statistics, and 40 times aren't everything. He's a talented athlete, graded by some as the fifth-best receiver in his class, so not exactly a reach. It's not difficult to envision how Reagor fits in the Eagles' offense, either.
The pick simply comes off as the Eagles missing out on an opportunity to trade up and land a superior prospect, or passing on more of a known quantity. It's even fair to ask how much better Reagor is than the receivers who might've been around in Round 2.
The trouble with grading draft picks is we won't know for at least a year how good they are, often longer. But what we know today is Reagor was not graded on the level of the receivers who went only a few picks earlier, and going purely on gut reaction, there isn't near the same excitement or level of confidence in his ability.
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