In 2007, Montae Reagor capped off a stellar nine-year NFL career with a stint in Philadelphia. Thirteen years later, his son, Jalen, embarks on his NFL career in the same city as the crown jewel of the 2020 draft class.
"It's just a sigh of relief, man, like all this hard work you put in for this moment. My whole life, I've told my people, my family, I'm going to be a first-rounder someday," Reagor said on a video conference call. "It's just crazy. I'm so blessed to have it come true, and then what greater organization to go to (than the) Philadelphia Eagles. So, I'm very excited and ready to go."
On Thursday night, the Eagles chose Reagor with the 21st overall pick. The 5-11, 195-pound Reagor injects playmaking juice to an offense, providing quarterback Carson Wentz with another playmaker to grow with.
"I mean, it's Carson Wentz. I feel like his name speaks for itself," Reagor said of his new quarterback. "And just the fact that I get to be alongside those guys now. It's just a surreal feeling. Like, I watched Carson Wentz. I watched him play. I'm like, 'Wow, this dude is amazing,' and now he's my quarterback. So, it's just, like I said, a surreal feeling, and ultimately, it's a blessing."
Reagor's vertical speed was touted by Executive Vice President/General Manager Howie Roseman and Vice President of Player Personnel Andy Weidl shortly after the pick was made. Reagor ran a 4.47 at the NFL Scouting Combine, but said that he ran in the 4.2s during his virtual Pro Day. Only 21 years old, Reagor finished his career at TCU second in touchdown receptions (22) and sixth in receiving yards (2,248) in just three seasons. Reagor is a tantalizing prospect because of his ability to win all over the formation. He won as an X-receiver, a movement Z, as well as in the slot. He can run with the ball in his hands coming off jet sweeps and orbit motion.
"I feel like I'm a great vertical threat. I can run any route in the route tree. I'm an electric player. I'll make an immediate impact when given the chance," Reagor said. "So, I'm coming in ready to work and ready to learn. I'm a great teammate and I won't be a cancer to the locker room. Ultimately, I just show love, and I'm going to continue to elevate my game and continue to try to grow and become a better player."
Reagor comes into an Eagles offense that features one of the all-time great deep threats in DeSean Jackson.
"Man, it'll make us way more explosive," Reagor said. "Just give another deep threat. DeSean is a great receiver and a great speedy receiver. He can do anything you ask him to. I feel like I'm just another one. I can do anything you ask me, whether it's in the return game, receiver, whatever you need me to do. I feel like I'm just going to be another asset to just help this team to be even greater than it already is. I am going to be joining a lot great players, great teammates, great men, and I'm looking forward to it."
This wide receiver class was touted as one of the deepest in recent memory. Reagor was the fourth wide receiver selected behind Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy, and CeeDee Lamb, and just ahead of Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk. Roseman said that Reagor was going to be selected shortly after the Eagles' pick if they didn't pounce.
"To be honest, I feel like I'm just the most versatile," Reagor said, comparing himself to the other receivers in the class. "I can do everything. You know, I feel like I haven't even gotten close to my ceiling. You know, I can play any position. Like I said, when I'm on the field, it's more than 11 players on the offense. Really just the way I play my game. I feel like it's on film and it's going to be fun and I'm ready to play."
Reagor was too young to fondly remember the end of his dad's playing career. Montae was a second-round pick of the Broncos in 1999 and won a Super Bowl with the Colts. It remains to be seen when the Eagles will be able to bring Reagor to the NovaCare Complex due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Reagor will be sent the playbook and learn from his father what it takes to be a pro to help with the transition, whenever that comes.
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