The Washington Redskins added another pass-catcher for quarterback Robert Griffin III to throw to in Round 3 of the 2013 NFL draft, selecting Florida tight end Jordan Reed with the No. 85 overall selection.
Reed is often compared to another former Florida tight end, Aaron Hernandez, but he could be more like Chris Cooley in the Redskins offense. He is not an in-line tight end, but rather a flex H-back who can be used as an inside receiving target both on the line of scrimmage and coming out of the backfield.
Reed does not have breakaway speed, but he is a crisp route-runner who moves very well in space. He is a reliable pass-catcher who consistently catches the ball in his hands away from his body, and he can make defenders miss in the open field.
He is unlikely to be a star, though he does have the size and strength of an in-line blocking tight end, but he should be a valuable chip in the Redskins offense as a short-to-intermediate receiver, a blocker out of the backfield and a player who consistently finds ways to get open.
Reed should be able to get on the field quite a bit in his rookie season and get his fair share of touches as a receiver at the H-back position.
He may not be a big playmaker, but if he can consistently get his share of receptions, he could be a solid late-round sleeper at tight end as he can make plays in the open field to gain yardage and is a solid red-zone threat who can score touchdowns.
The Redskins have a fair amount of the talent at the tight end position, but Reed will not be competing with Fred Davis necessarily for playing time. While Davis is the team's top in-line tight end, Reed should be the go-to guy when the Redskins use two-tight end packages where the tight end is split out wide as a receiver or lined up as an H-back in the backfield.
Reed will have to compete with Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul to earn that role as the No. 2 tight end/H-back and receive consistent playing time.
Reed is a very good flex tight end prospect who went right in the appropriate range for his ability as a mid-third-round pick. The Redskins had bigger needs they could have addressed with this selection, but continuing to build the passing offense around Griffin with a reliable pass-catcher makes sense at his value.
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