When it comes to shifty, quick wide receivers, Baylor’s Tevin Reese is one of the top players at the position in this class.
Reese has received solid playing time all four years he has been in college, accumulating 182 career receptions for 3,059 yards and 24 touchdowns. One knock could be that Reese, who plays in a dynamic spread offense that averaged close to 60 points per game at one point this year, has never surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark in a single season.
Reese has the ability to be a good receiver at the next level although there are a few concerns I’ve seen in his tape.
In the video above against Kansas State, there were a lot of instances where Reese looked to take plays off when he knew he wouldn’t get the ball.
The first play of the video jumps out to me. Baylor is running a halfback draw. Reese, who is lined up on the outside of the formation at the bottom of the screen, doesn’t even attempt to throw a block at the cornerback covering him.
Although this could be a common theme with a lot of receivers since the running back is running through interior gaps on the offensive line, it would have been solid to see Reese at least attempt to throw a block on the defensive back, who ended up being involved in the pile on the ball carrier.
On another play in the video, which is a passing play where Reese is running what looks to be a curl route, he seems to know that he is not the primary target on the play. As quarterback Bryce Petty begins to roll out to the opposite side of the Reese, it seems as if Reese instantly stops putting forth effort on the play.
Also, at the 1:35 mark of the video, Reese drops an open pass, which was a very good throw from the quarterback. Inconsistent hands have haunted the Colts all season long. While receivers can’t catch every pass that comes their way, the drop by Reese was on a crucial third down.
Those things are coachable for the most part, but they could be slightly concerning to prospective coaches.
Also, Reese has below-average height. He is listed at 5’10”, so he could have to play primarily in the slot at the next level.
With the Colts already having T.Y. Hilton as their starting slot receiver, they could opt to select Reese as a developmental project. He will likely be available in the later rounds of the draft.