Eagles S Ed Reynolds
But one thing the Stanford graduate has is the football intelligence. His father played in the NFL with the New England Patriots and New York Giants from 1983-1992. He is the son of a former NFL player so it is no surprise Reynolds is a smart player even on a team full of smart players at Stanford.
Reynolds shows the ability to read and react quickly on the field. He diagnoses plays and reacts quickly to balls in the air or recognizing the run. In addition to recognizing plays quickly, Reynolds does not bite on play-action fakes and maintains his position.
After missing the 2011 season with a torn ACL, Reynolds came back strong in 2012 with 47 total tackles and six interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns while he also defended nine passes. He displays play-making ability and he tracks the ball well when it is in the air. Once the ball is in his hands and Reynolds secures the interception, he becomes an above-average runner who looks to score.
He has shown than he can close on the ball in the air but he doesn't have elite closing speed. In addition, he doesn't have a great range so playing "centerfield" in the secondary may be asking a bit much from him. Teams started to notice that in 2013 as he recorded 86 tackles and one interception with four passes defended - numbers significantly down (except tackles) from 2012.
The 22-year-old reacts well to the run. He has shown the ability to make a strong tackle and also delivers heavy hits on occasion. While he moves well through traffic to get to the runner, Reynolds does have a tendency to take bad angles to the ball-carrier which sometimes leads to missed tackles.
Fit with the Eagles:
Reynolds is going to be able to step in and learn before being thrown to the wolves. He is a player who seems to be in the right place at the right time. The 22-year-old positionally sound in addition to being a very smart football player, something Chip Kelly and his coaching staff value.
Expectations aren't super high for Reynolds but there was another Stanford defensive back taken in the fifth round a few years back who turned out to be pretty good too.
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