The Los Angeles Rams continue to go offense in the 2017 NFL draft. After selecting Boston College S John Johnson (grade the pick here), they selected Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds with the 117th overall selection.
Here are his combine numbers from NFL.com:
Reynolds finally resembles the profile of a No. 1 wide receiver. Not only is he a long and rangy receiver, but he did track in high school. While most people do track, what helps Reynolds here is that he perfected the high jump and the triple jump. This will allow hims to attack the ball at the point and make contested catches.
Here’s NFL.com’s strengths on Reynolds:
Very long, angular frame. Outstanding high school triple jumper and high jumper will dominate combine explosion drills. Vertical threat who can open his hips and out-stride a cornerback down the field. As good as it gets as a ball tracker with a center fielder's ability to judge trajectory and distance. Stacks cornerbacks on his hip and keeps them there. Has access to a second gear when the ball is in the air. Routes feature little wasted motion. Possesses superior ball skills. Plus hand-eye coordination and holds his ground in contested catches. Can climbs way up the ladder and use his length to turn 50/50 balls into 80/20 his way. Consistent red-zone threat. Wins up-and-over, with back shoulder fades and with inside release to slant. Thin but ultra-competitive and extremely tough. Will work the middle and does not fear incoming traffic. Gets after his blocks on the perimeter and meets aggression with aggression as blocker.
Some people might feel I am being too generous here, but Reynolds was a guy that a lot of experts liked. A lot of the staff here on Turf Show Times felt he would be a great fit for the Rams, as well. He fills a critical need and is very capable of turning a routine catch into a house call.
While some fans thought that Cooper Kupp was going to be the Rams’ answer to finding a primary target, the Rams had done their homework and knew that a guy like Reynolds would be there even if they traded down. Gaining back picks and getting your guy is how transactions should go down, nice to see the Rams doing exactly that this year.
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