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How Tevin Reese Fits with the San Diego Chargers

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Tevin Reese (16) during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Marcelo VillaCorrespondent IIMay 11, 2014

General manager Tom Telesco is looking for a home run in the selection of receiver Tevin Reese.

The 240th pick overall thrived in Art Briles' offense at Baylor with 187 receptions and more than 3,100 yards. A big-play magnet by trade, Reese averaged 22.3 yards per catch and eight touchdowns in nine games. A broken wrist held him out of four games in 2013, but he left the college ranks with his name in the history books.

He ranks third all time in receptions, yards and touchdowns at Baylor, and his 21 touchdowns of 40-plus yards is an NCAA and Big 12 record. 

I figured San Diego would be in the market for a receiver heading into this draft, but I didn't think it would wait this long to find help. Reese has big-play quality written all over him, but his measurables make me question his durability.

He is 5'10" and weighed in at just 163 pounds. That's not the ideal frame for an NFL receiver, even in the slot.

He'll take his fair share of hits in the middle, and I wonder if his build can withstand the punishment of a 16-game season. He missed just four games his entire career at Baylor.

Still, certain attributes make Reese effective.

For one thing, he has speed. He ran a 4.46 at the combine and used that speed to stretch the field at Baylor. 

Another quality that stood out from his combine was his impressive leaping ability. His 41" vertical jump was the best among wide receivers. That skill will help level the playing field for him at the next level.

All in all, he's an intriguing addition and fits a need for the Chargers.

Keenan Allen was the only productive receiver in San Diego's offense last season, and Malcom Floyd is in the process of working his way back from a season-ending neck injury. Vincent Brown hasn't been able to find his stride since suffering a broken ankle that held him out of the entire 2012 season, and Eddie Royal has proved to be inconsistent. 

San Diego had one of the top offenses a year ago, but most of its production ran through Allen. After they've seen what he's capable of, we have to assume that defensive coordinators will be game-planning for Allen in 2014. If he can't get open, the Chargers are going to need another effective target.

Reese wasn't the primary receiver at Baylor, but he was able to make plays by getting open and finding space.

He played inside at the collegiate level, so I'm assuming that's where he'll find a home in the NFL.

 

Combine results courtesy of NFL.com.

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