Jayden Reed, WR/KR/PR
School: Michigan State | Conference: Big 10
College Experience: RS Senior | Age: 21
Height / Weight: 5’10” / 191 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 3rd-4th Round
Player Comparison: Curtis Samuel/Stefon Diggs
|2020||Michigan State||Big Ten||SO||WR||7||33||407||12.3||3||6||17||2.8||0||39||424||10.9||3|
|*2021||Michigan State||Big Ten||JR||WR||13||59||1026||17.4||10||7||34||4.9||1||66||1060||16.1||11|
|2022||Michigan State||Big Ten||SR||WR||11||55||636||11.6||5||4||11||2.8||0||59||647||11.0||5|
|Kick Ret||Punt Ret|
|2020||Michigan State||Big Ten||SO||WR||7||16||329||20.6||0||2||14||7.0||0|
|*2021||Michigan State||Big Ten||JR||WR||13||16||376||23.5||0||11||238||21.6||2|
|2022||Michigan State||Big Ten||SR||WR||11||1||20||20.0||0||13||114||8.8||0|
It took time for programs to recognize Jayden Reed’s talents. Only a three-star recruit out of high school, Reed decided to play at Western Michigan. One year with the Broncos resulted in Freshman All-American honors. Wanting a step up in competition, Reed entered the transfer portal and reached out to Michigan State where he would be reunited with his high school quarterback, Payton Thorne. After redshirting a year, Reed was an immediate starter and led the team in all-purpose yards in a pandemic-shortened season. With Kenneth Walker III transferring to the program the next season, it created opportunities in the passing game that Reed took advantage of to the tune of career highs in receptions, yards and TDs. With more attention focused on him this season and less talent around him, he still had respectable numbers.
- Not a burner, but enough speed to threaten a team deep
- Good footwork and releases of the line of scrimmage
- Hands are reliable and makes contested catches
- Shifty run with enough strength to break tackles
- Offers some gadget play ability
- Sometimes reverts into a body-catcher.
- Would like to see him run more of the route tree
- Thrives off free releases; how would he handle press?
Let’s see his work
Here is every single Jayden Reed punt return touchdown as a Michigan State Spartan (regardless of flags)— dunc (@SpartyWRLD) December 30, 2022
Thank you Uno. #SD4L pic.twitter.com/X2MYVr6lGZ
Here is every one-on-one rep for Michigan State WR Jayden Reed from the first two days of the Senior Bowl: pic.twitter.com/WPpLCXQSHX— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) February 2, 2023
How he fits on the Commanders
Originally, I planned to draft a profile on Reed because his return ability would be an asset to the Commanders. Watching his tape, I had to expand my expectations for him. He would easily replace Dax Milne on the roster as a punt returner. His ceiling for me would be to replace Curtis Samuel. They share a very similar skillset and they are about the same size. If the Commanders draft him, he should take Milne’s spot on the roster. In his second year, he could make Samuel expendable. It’s hard not to see his draft stock rise the closer we get to the draft. If he’s available in the 4th round, the Commanders would be wise to consider drafting him.