Rashaad Reynolds is the Best Corner No One is Talking About

Rashaad Reynolds is a guy that is always around the ball, makes plays, yet doesn’t get much recognition. Is it because he played on a poor team? He’s a guy that’s flying under the radar, that is very talented and after taking a closer look at him, I see traits that’ll make him successful at the next level.

Where He’ll Succeed

  • Above Average Awareness/Route Recognition
  • Top notch COD skills
  • Very Good Athlete

Reynolds has the ball skills, length, and athleticism you look for in a corner. He has long arms to be disruptive at the catch point, and has shown the ability to turn and run with some of the faster receivers out there(Richardson/Lee.)

 

Here’s a look at his length below. Watch as he jams the WR and rides him into the sideline.

 

Reynolds ability to flip his hips, whether it’s going vertical or horizontal, rivals any corner in the class. There’s no was wasted movements, he doesn’t lose any speed while doing so, and his feet are very choppy and quick.

 

Because of this trait, he’s always in a position to make a play.

Almost as impressive as his change of direction skills, is Reynolds route recognition. He does a good job of playing the sticks, and understands route combinations. He also does a good job of coming off of plays when he’s in zone coverage. The two GIFs below are simple, yet show his awareness to play the chains.

There were 2 zone plays that stuck out to me against Oregon that were impressive. One, where he read the QB’s eyes off for an interception, the next, was able to break late on the ball.

Reynolds has also shown the ability to diagnose run plays quickly. He’s by no means a primary run defender, but does a good job of form tackling and being where the defense asks him to.

Where He Gets Himself in Trouble

  • Plays High in his Backpedal
  • Opens up hips too early
  • Late to Locate the Ball at times

For being such a good athlete, Reynolds could shore up some of his technique. When he’s in press coverage, he has a tendency to play on his heels as he’s retreating, causing him to lose balance and from there he’s in the trail position within a matter of seconds. I noticed this quite a bit during the Boise State game. They took a shot deep on him and you could see him stand straight up.

You can see it in the GIF above with Marqise Lee, and there were other moments where Reynolds opens up too early, as if he doesn’t trust his speed. I wouldn’t call him a burner by any means, but he has good enough straight line speed to not bail as quickly as he does on vertical routes. At the next level he could be victim to comeback routes, or routes where the receiver sells a vertical route.

The last bullet point is being nit picky, because there’s not a whole lot of holes in Reynolds game. But there were instances where he’s late to get his head around on sideline routes. He was in position to make the play, but just didn’t find the ball in time to break up the pass.

Grade/Final Thought

Multiple Pro Bowl Player, Top 10   8.5 – 9.0
Highly Productive Starter, 1st Round   8.0 – 8.4
Very Good Starter, Early 2nd Round   7.8 – 7.9
Reliable Starter, 2nd Round   7.5 – 7.7
Potential Starter in Year 2, 3rd Round   7.0 – 7.4
Backup/Spot Starter, 4th Round   6.5 – 6.9
Productive Backup, 5th Round   6.0 – 6.4
Very Good Backup/STs, 6th Round   5.5 – 5.9
Quality Backup/Good STs, 7th Round   5.0 – 5.4
Backup/STs/Project Player, 7th Round   4.5 – 4.9
Priority Free Agent w/ Limitations   4.0 – 4.4
Non-Draftable     < 4.0

 

Skill Weight Grade
Long Speed 2 1.7
Closing Speed/Acceleration 2 1.7
Ball Skills 3 2.7
Eye Discipline 2 1.6
Strength 2 1.5
Athletcism 2 1.7
Route Recognition/Instincts 3 2.8
Tackling/Run Fits 2 1.5
Cover Skills 4 3.7
Change of direction/Feet 3 2.9

Reynolds grades out to a 7.84, which is a top 50 talent. There are a lot of traits he has that tell me he’s going to be successful at the next level. His change of direction is better than any CB I’ve watched. He has the instincts, natural cover skills and length to make plays. I’m higher on guys who have correctable issues,  and Reynolds fits that bill. If he can play lower throughout the route, and trust his speed more, he can be relied on as a consistent starter at the next level.