GM explains why Eagles selected Jalen Reagor over Justin Jefferson
The Philadelphia Eagles selected Jalen Reagor with the No. 21 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, even though Justin Jefferson was still available. Over a week since the pick was made, Eagles GM Howie Roseman explained why Philadelphia selected Reagor over Jefferson.
“When I talked to people around the league, we found a lot of west coast offense coaches who were extremely high on Jalen Reagor,” Roseman said, via John Clark of NBCSports. “His skill set and where it fits. When you talk about the west coast offense…for me I’ve been really fortunate. Coach (Andy) Reid, Coach (Doug) Pederson, two of the best in the last 20 years in the National Football League. Two unbelievable coaches. What they talk about is guys on the outside that separate vertically. The guys on the outside really make a difference. Those tight ends can separate on the intermediate route and running backs can catch the football. I gotta make sure what I’m doing fits that vision. That’s our job. Our job is to fit the vision of the head coach.”
Without a doubt, Reagor is a big-play wideout that can stretch the field vertically for the Eagles. However, Jefferson was one of the most productive wideouts in college football this past season at LSU.
Nevertheless, the Eagles saw Reagor’s skill set as a better fit for their offense. In his final two seasons at TCU, Reagor combined for 115 receptions for 1,672 yards and 14 touchdowns.
At the least, selecting Reagor shows that the front office realizes that Carson Wentz needs more weapons. But if Reagor doesn’t perform as good as Jefferson, Eagles fans aren’t going to be content with the selection.