Overview: Stanford Free Safety Ed Reynolds offers intelligence, an NFL pedigree, and big play ability in the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2012, Reynolds intercepted 6 passes, returning 3 for touchdowns, and his 301 interception return yards fell just 1-yard short of tying an NCAA record.
Ed Reynolds has ideal size and length for free safety at 6-2, 207lbs. His father played for the Patriots (1983-91) and the Giants (1992) as a linebacker, so Reynolds is likely to understand the demands of surviving in the NFL. CBSSports.com states that he tends to take good angles and is a reliable, open-field tackler as the last line of defense at safety. However, NFL.com is concerned with his tendencies to leak yardage after contact, and get run over by ball-carriers.
Reynolds only has average speed, change of direction, and burst. Yet, Ed Reynolds is good at reading quarterbacks. There is some concern that NFL signal callers will be able to look him off receivers. He also was not asked to engage in man coverage, which could be a concerning issue if he were to be drafted by the Chiefs.
- 40 Yd Dash: 4.57
- Vertical: 32.5 in
- Broad Jump: 9′ 8″
- Bench Press: 15 reps
Draft Projection: Many analysts project Ed Reynolds in the 4th to 6th round range, but he could go earlier due to his big-play ability, intelligence, and instincts. Someone may be temped to take him earlier than his athletic ability would suggest if they believe he can overcome his limitations with smarts.
I see Ed Reynolds as a mid-round possibility for the Kansas City Chiefs. He’s something of a long-shot, but if he were to hit, the Chiefs could potentially have two of the best play-making safeties in the NFL. He and Eric Berry together could be a deadly combo, seeing that both are very explosive when they get the ball in their hands.
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