Rashaad Reynolds is a guy that is always around the ball. He makes plays, yet doesn't get much recognition. I don't know if it's because he played on a poor team, but he's flying under the radar and it's time we change this. He's very talented, and after taking a closer look at him, I see traits that'll make him successful at the next level.
Where He'll Succeed
- Above Average Awareness/Route Recognition
- Top Notch Change of Direction Skills
- Very Good Athlete
The above GIF just shows how quickly his reaction time is. He's able to break up the pass.
The above GIF is the most impressive so far, for me at least. He's getting ready to bail in a different direction, and is able to flip his hips, turn and still make a play on the ball. Just an excellent play.
Because of this trait, he's always in a position to make a play on the ball.
Almost as impressive as his change of direction skills, is Reynolds route recognition. He does a good job of playing the sticks, and understands route combinations.
He also does a good job of coming off of routes when he's in zone coverage. The 2 GIFs below are simple, yet show his awareness to play the chains.
Again, nothing fancy, but understanding the situation goes along way in playing the position.
There were 2 zone plays that stuck out to me against Oregon that were impressive. One where he read the quarterbacks eyes and made an interception. The other, he broke on a slant, and was able to break up the pass late.
Reynolds has shown the ability to diagnose run plays quickly. He's by no means a primary run, but does a good job of form tackling and being where the defense asks him to.
Where He Gets Himself in Trouble
- Plays High In his backpedal
- Opens up hips too early
- Late to locate the ball at times
|Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10||8.5 – 9.0|
|Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round||8.0 – 8.4|
|Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round||7.8 – 7.9|
|Reliable Starter, 2nd Round||7.5 – 7.7|
|Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round||7.0 – 7.4|
|Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round||6.5 – 6.9|
|Productive Backup, 5th Round||6.0 – 6.4|
|Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round||5.5 – 5.9|
|Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round||5.0 – 5.4|
|Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round||4.5 – 4.9|
|Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations||4.0 – 4.4|
|Change of direction/Feet||3||2.9|