San Diego, CA- The San Diego Chargers have selected Baylor Wide Receiver Tevin Reese with the 24oth overall pick in the 7th round of the 2014 NFL draft.
Tevin Reese was one of the more explosive athletes available in this years NFL draft. Reese at the combine ran a 4.46 4o-yd dash and lead all receivers in the vertical jump. In college Tevin Reese was of the most explosive athletes in history, as he holds the NCAA record for most touchdowns of 40-plus yards with 21 and ranks third all time in receptions, yards and touchdowns at Baylor.
The addition of Reese gives the Chargers a explosive big-play receiver. Reese is not a finished product though as he is only 5’10” and 163 pounds, which makes his size and durability a question mark as he doesn’t have the ideal frame for even a slot receiver in the NFL.
If the Chargers can improve his strength and keep him healthy, then Philip Rivers will have an exciting new receiver out of the slot to throw to next season.
STRENGTHS: Boasts freakish athleticism, including rare leaping ability. Explodes off the line. Fast and sudden. Turns over fluid stride with length and frequency. Stretches the field vertically. Tracks and adjusts to throws and displays terrific body control. Catches easily — snatches throws out of the air. Good short-area quickness. Darts upfield after the catch. Playmaking ability — averaged 19.4 yards per catch the last three seasons. Paced all receivers at the combine with a 41-inch vertical jump and tied for the longest broad jump at 11 feet.
WEAKNESSES: In desperate need of NFL weight training and nutrition — is rail thin with small hands and weighed the lightest of any combine participant. Can be jammed and re-routed at the line. Questionable toughness to consistently work the middle. Outmuscled in a crowd and struggles to make contested catches. Dabbled in track and is fairly straightlinish. Marginal blocker. Durability is a concern — has been dinged up and is not built to withstand the physicality of the NFL game.
BOTTOM LINE: Thin, underdeveloped, confident, field-fast receiver with soft hands. Was a playmaker in a prolific spread offense. Will have to be a slot receiver, given his dependence on a free release, but does not have an ideal skill set to work inside and could require patience.
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