Rashaad Reynolds NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

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Rashaad Reynolds NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More
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Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State (HT: 5’9⅞”; WT: 189 lbs)

Combine Weigh In
Height Weight Arm Hand
5097 189 31 1/2" 9 5/8"

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Combine Results
40-yard dash 10-yard split Vert Broad 3-Cone Shuttle
4.51 1.50 37.5" 10' 3" 6.72 4.00

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Positives

  • Scrappy defender who plays with aggression and high intensity. He was an emotional leader for Oregon State's defense while on the field. 
  • Greatly improved his technique from junior to senior campaign by cleaning up wasted steps during backpedal and weight transfer. 
  • Clean hip movements project positional versatility; he could play some boundary and nickelback in the NFL
  • Solid long-distance speed helps prevent receivers from burning him on deep routes. 
  • Has great short-area burst, recovering quickly on slants and comeback routes. With more spread elements in NFL offensive playbooks, his skill set should translate well. 
  • Navigates to the ball well once the pass is located and shows the willingness to take the ball away from the receiver. 
  • Played primarily in off-man coverage, which allowed him many opportunities to come up and make a difficult tackle on screens and slants. He showed great tackling form and proper discipline.
  • Played against pass-happy teams weekly in the Pac-12, which means there were more chances for him to be exposed than in a conference that features primarily traditional pro-style offenses. 
  • Good run defender who funnels the back to the proper lane. He understands the spacing of the field and how his position will affect his teammates when pursuing the ball-carrier. 
  • Willing hitter who uses proper tackling technique, even on bigger players.

 

Negatives

  • He is entering the NFL with subpar size at a time when height and length are at a premium, so where he is drafted may not be as indicative of his talent, which could be said of Nickell Roby in 2013. 
  • Leaping ability isn’t explosive enough to overcome most size discrepancies, so his best long-term position is likely nickelback. 
  • Loses focus on the ball and tends to grab the receiver when beaten on pass routes. 
  • Didn’t defend the slot often, so he may need more experience to gain comfort for the role. 
  • Doesn't appear to be an "elite" athlete or speedster, which indicates a limited ceiling as a starting cornerback. 
  • Will need technical work for press coverage, as he does not use his hands well or hit on initial punch. 
  • Zone instincts are somewhat lacking, as he will at times sit well underneath the route, despite no threat of being beaten underneath. Route recognition and awareness will have to be improved. 

Collegiate Statistics
Year Team Tackles PD INT
2010 Oregon State 14 0 0
2011 Oregon State 68 9 1
2012 Oregon State 75 16 3
2013 Oregon State 61 4 6

http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/rashaad-reynolds-1.html

 

Personal Notes

  • Named team captain for 2013 season by teammates.
  • Won Hawaii Bowl MVP after recovering two fumbles against Boise State.
  • He will graduate with a degree in human development and family sciences.
  • Traveled to Guatemala to build a house for a needy family during spring break of 2011.
  • Former Rivals.com 3-star recruit out of San Fernando, California.

 

Ratings Chart

Graph made by http://nces.ed.gov

Overall

A season after being overshadowed by former teammate and defensive back Jordan Poyer, Rashaad Reynolds made significant improvement in his physical abilities, and his on-field presence was much more impressive because of it. Despite being smaller than what most envision when thinking of a quality defensive back, he has the ability to play an important role for a defense: nickelback. He will need technique refinement, but he has the aggressive mindset and physical ability to be an effective NFL player.

 

Draft Projection: Fourth Round

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