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Why Raiders Drafting WR Jalen Reagor Makes Sense

The Las Vegas Raiders have talked about the need to add a premier wide receiver in the 2020 NFL Draft, and while the chat centers around mostly the same prospects in the first round, Jalen Reagor is a name to keep in mind.

Do you remember as a child when your parents took you to the sweet shop and said you can pick just one, but there’s too many to choose from? That same analogy applies to this year’s wide receiver class.

The 2020 NFL Draft is absolutely littered with talented playmakers at the wide receiver position, and while many are slated to be first-round prospects, the sheer volume of playmakers extends through the whole seven rounds.

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The Usual Suspects?

Big names such as Jerry Jeudy, CeeDee Lamb and Henry Ruggs III sound like sexy picks but here is the thing, while selecting a wide receiver in the first round should bear fruit this is not always the case. With this being said, there is one name that crops up in between the first and second round.

His name is Jalen Reagor the 5-foot-11 inch 206-pound shifty and explosive difference maker out of TCU.

Dominating cornerbacks is something different for the Reagor family as Jalen’s father, Montae Reagor, was a stud defensive lineman in the NFL for eight years.

Playing in the Big 12 for the Texas Horned Frogs, Reagor was productive, but not overly used in a run-heavy offense, only catching 43 passes in 12 games for 611-yards and five touchdowns.

Nevertheless, as a special teams contributor, he was outstanding, posting two touchdowns on 15 punt returns and 312 yards. Likewise, he had five kick returns.

A True Need

The Raiders need to add a legitimate receiver this year, and Reagor checks every box in my opinion. He is super-quick, tough and can create separation quickly. The Raiders have lacked a serious vertical threat and down-hill runner since Amari Cooper was traded to the Cowboys.

For those that want to see how fast Reagor is, a video of him running a 40-yard dash in 4.28 seconds was recently leaked. Whether this is legitimate or not remains to be seen but either way his speed was never in question here is a link below to see for yourselves.

Head coach Jon Gruden and general Mike Mayock know that the Raiders need to add to a wide receiver to their offense. Whether it’s in the first round or the seventh, expect them to make big moves come draft night, but don’t be surprised if Reagor turns out to be their choice.

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