Josh Reynolds, WR, Texas A&M
(percentile rank among all WRs at the Combine since 1999, courtesy of mockdraftable.com):
40-yard dash: 4.52 seconds (45th)
Vertical: 37” (72nd)
Broad: 124” (75th)
3-cone: 6.83 seconds (66th)
20-yard shuttle: 4.13 seconds (71st)
A relatively unheralded 3-star recruit, Reynolds began his college career at Tyler Junior College. He hauled in 44 balls for 782 yards and 12 TDs in his lone season there. Reynolds then headed to A&M, turning down other offers from Oregon, TCU and Boise St.
He immediately became a big part of the Aggies’ passing game, finishing 2nd on the squad in catches, 1st in receiving yards and setting a school record in TDs (breaking the previous mark of 12 held by Mike Evans and Jeff Fuller). Reynolds’ 16.2 yards per catch ranked 15th nation-wide among 129 guys who caught 50+ balls.
His TD total took a big hit in 2015. That was due to 2 things: the arrival of freshman WR Christian Kirk, who led the team with 7 scores, and an A&M passing game that totaled just 25 TDs after racking up 39 the previous year. Reynolds also trailed Kirk in catches and yards. He remained a big-play threat, though, ranking 6th in the country in yards per catch.
Kirk tallied more catches (83) than Reynolds again this past season. But Reynolds reclaimed the lead in yards and TDs. The 12 scores were good for 17th in the nation. And Reynolds again finished near the top of the charts in yards per catch, this time ranking 12th. His career 17.0 yards per catch ranks 13th among 178 guys who have caught 100+ balls since 2014.
Reynolds leaves Texas A&M 4th in career catches, 3rd in receiving yards and 2nd in TDs.
Courtesy of DraftBreakdown.com
Games watched - Auburn, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi St., LSU, Kansas St.
Most college WRs arrive in the NFL without much ability against press coverage. That’s not the case with Reynolds. He seems to welcome physical coverage. And he has the strength and technique to beat it.
Reynolds is just as physical as a run blocker, which will only help his odds of earning a role at the next level.
While he’s not the quickest guy in and out of his breaks, Reynolds is able to win in the short passing game with refined route running. He’s particularly effective on slants, where he does a nice job opening up the defender’s hips to the sideline before breaking inward.
This slant for a TD comes in 1-on-1 coverage from LSU CB Tre’Davious White, who has a shot to be a 1st-round pick later this month.
As you’d suspect based on his bloated yards-per-catch averages, Reynolds is a major downfield threat thanks to his size, speed and ball-tracking ability.
More surprising is that we don’t see him making many plays in the air. It’s not that he struggled in that facet, but A&M just didn’t give him many opportunities. Reynolds certainly looked capable in the few chances I saw.
Although there were a few concentration drops in the 6 games I watched, Reynolds generally displays strong hands with a wide catch radius.
Reynolds brings an intriguing blend of size, athleticism and physicality. He was a big-play and TD machine at A&M and has the tools to provide the same pop as a pro. His route running and ability vs. press coverage give him a shot to make an immediate impact.
It’s worth noting that Reynolds operated as a 1B to Christian Kirk’s 1A over the past 2 years, so it’s probably optimistic to peg him as a lead receiver at the next level. But he’d look nice as a field-stretching, red-zone maven alongside a proven #1. And big plays and TDs can certainly equate to useful fantasy production.