Wide Receiver #11
Senior, 6-3 194
- Long and slim body build
- Excellent ball tracker deep down the field
- Long strider with good acceleration to be a constant vertical threat
- Technique as a pass catcher is inconsistent
- Prideful run blocker with decent technique
- Needs to learn how to get off press coverage (rarely uses hands)
- Effective tool in special teams coverage
- Adequate job at coming back to the ball/quarterback
- Successful jump ball catcher winning plenty of 50/50 situations
- Senior Bowl participant
- Only player in SEC history with two 90-yard touchdowns in same season (2016)
Only receiving one FBS offer (Oregon State) out of Jay High School in San Antonio, Josh Reynolds started his collegiate football career at Tyler Junior College after Oregon State rescinded the original offer. In his one season in the junior college ranks, Reynolds earned second team all-conference honors after catching 44 passes for 782 yards with 12 touchdowns. His second recruiting process went better than the first as he chose the Aggies over Boise State and TCU.
Reynolds burst onto the scene his first season in College Station leading the team in yards (842) and touchdowns (13 – only second in the SEC to Amari Cooper of Alabama) on 52 receptions. Reynolds collected 51 more passes in his junior season increasing his yardage total to 907 but his touchdown total dropped to just five. He led the Aggies in receiving for the second time in three seasons in his final season eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark on 61 receptions and 12 touchdowns (tied Mississippi State’s Fred Ross for most in SEC). Reynolds finished his three-year Aggie career ranking second in school history with 30 touchdowns, third in receiving yards (2,788) and fourth in receptions (164).
With a long but lean frame that looks to be filled out, Reynolds does struggle with physical contests but thrives in jump ball situations where his length swallows any physical limitations. Reynolds has small hands (9 3/8) for his impressive length and it will occasionally show up on film not being able to consistently snag the fast ball on the move. Though he doesn’t have a theme of drops, Reynolds technique as a pass catcher is flawed at times. He will reverse his hands to an awkward position when trying to adjust to the ball causing double catches or drops. This happened enough times for me to chalk it up as a negative.
Reynolds isn’t a smooth route runner but uses his long angular frame to flag that he is always open regardless of potential separation inabilities. Reynolds is a throw up it up and go get it type receiver with excellent ball tracking skills and enough leaping ability to snag anything thrown above his head. He boasts a large catch radius above his waist but isn’t a threat to scoop the ball off his shoelaces.
When Reynolds faced press coverage he rarely used any physicality to create an advantage off the line. Instead, he would rely on his average quickness, with long legs to eat up turf, to beat any defender in his grill. His non-physical style of play against press wasn’t a recurring issue when judged on getting open but should be something to work into his game to give him a greater advantage.
Texas A&M was near the bottom in rushing attempts in the SEC but Reynolds took pride in opening running lanes getting after defenders on the outside. Whether in the open field for the running back or a fellow receiver, Reynolds is a skilled blocker shooting his hands inside locking out the would-be tackler. He shows plenty of grit and tenacity in all facets of the game and this is one that goes unnoticed.
Reynolds is an instinctive and natural receiver that will not give away the ball in the air. Being able to locate and consistently attack the football is something he continually showed on film and at the Senior Bowl. He shows consistent effort to work back to the football and to the quarterback when the play is breaking down (Trevor Knight escapes the pocket too quickly and too often). He is a textbook back shoulder receiver showing the body control to tip toe the sideline to get his feet down then explode upfield with decent enough acceleration and wiggle to run cornerbacks upside down.
Reynolds’ ceiling may be just as No, 3 outside receiver unless he somehow gains the inside quickness or physical strength to work into other roles, but that’s fine. Reynolds is physical enough when the ball is in the air, in which his instincts kick in, but doesn’t use that same aggression to fight off press cornerbacks. This is concerning if he is being viewed as a prototypical x-receiver. His aggressive blocking traits are a plus along with elite ball tracking skills and enough speed to consistently threaten the field vertically. Reynolds should thrive in a vertical passing offense (Personal take: If the Steelers are ready to move on from Martavis Bryant, Reynolds could fill a similar role).
Round Grade: Fourth Round
Round Projection: Third Round
Player Comparison: Allen Hurns
Reynolds’ evaluation nearly mirrors Hurns’ draft profile in 2014. Neither one show great physicality versus press coverage but both have enough juice to consistently threaten the deep part of the field with average 40-yard dash times. Hurns has more polish as a route runner but Reynolds has the characteristics to improve greatly in that area.