Round 4: Texas A&M WR Josh Reynolds – 6-3, 187– 4.52 – Senior
Previous Pick: Louisiana Tech SS Xavier Woods
Tampa Bay takes advantage of this rich wide receiver draft and waits until the fourth round to select Reynolds, who was PewterReport.com’s fifth-round pick in its first 2017 Bucs’ 7-Round Mock Draft in January. Reynolds is a long, lanky receiver with excellent hands capable of making circus catches over defenders.
Reynolds was a JUCO transfer and played three years at Texas A&M. He was hosted on his visit by former Aggies standout Mike Evans, who was Tampa Bay’s first-round draft pick in 2014. After Evans left College Station after just two seasons, Reynolds broke his single season touchdown record (12) with 13 in his first year playing for the Aggies while catching 52 passes for 842 yards.
The 6-foot-3, 187-pounder played in a crowded wide receiver position where the ball was spread around between Christian Kirk, Speedy Noil, Ricky Seals-Jones and Jones. Noil and Seals-Jones are leaving early for the NFL draft, and Kirk, a sophomore, could be the best of the Aggies’ quartet of receivers when it’s all said and done. Reynolds edged Kirk for the team lead this year with 61 catches for 1,039 yards and 12 touchdowns thanks to a sensational 12-catch, 154-yard, two-touchdown effort against Kansas State in a 33-28 loss in the Texas Bowl.
Because Texas A&M spreads the ball around so much, Reynolds only had six 100-yard games in college. One of his best came in last year’s Music City Bowl where he caught 11 passes for 177 yards against Louisville in a 27-21 loss. In three seasons with the Aggies, Reynolds caught 164 passes for 2,788 yards and 30 touchdowns.
Reynolds’ Texas A&M Career Stats
2016: 61 catches for 1,039 yards (17.0 avg.) and 12 TDs and a long of 92 yards
2015: 51 catches for 907 yards (17.8 avg.) and five TDs and a long of 95 yards
2014: 52 catches for 842 yards (16.2 avg.) and 13 TDs and a long of 70 yards
Reynolds, who has accepted an invitation to play at the Senior Bowl later this month in Mobile, Ala., had 16 catches of 40 yards or more, including three from 70 yards or more at Texas A&M, which is more than speedsters John Ross had at Washington or Dede Westbrook had at Oklahoma.
“I like when people think I’m not fast,” Reynolds told the Houston Chronicle. “That’s just the way I run – I’ve got a smooth run and my strides complement my speed. It’s a race to the end zone, and I don’t like losing.”
Reynolds told PewterReport.com at the Senior Bowl that he’s going to “shock the world” with a fast time in the 40-yard dash. Added Texas A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin in the Houston Chronicle: “He’s one of those guys who doesn’t look real fast, but I’ve never seen anyone catch him.”
The Bucs could use more explosive plays on offense, and Reynolds, who caught six passes for 96 yards, including a 39-yard touchdown, could be a factor in a three-wide receiver set with Evans and Adam Humphries or another Bucs receiver. With his athleticism, knack for making plays downfield and leaping ability in the red zone, Reynolds is a mid-round weapon that is simply too good to pass up.
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