Ed Reynolds, FS

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Orange Park, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.572.67-15 32 1/2---
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.562.601.5815 32 1/29'9"--

Player Overview

Despite an impressive prep career and possessing good bloodlines (father of the same name played linebacker for the New England Patriots and New York Giants from 1983-1992), Reynolds was a relatively lightly recruited prospect out of Virginia.

He signed with Stanford in 2010 but redshirted his first season and missed all of the 2011 campaign with a torn ACL. He caught the attention of the coaching staff with a spectacular spring and earned a starting role.

Reynolds quickly proved to be a difference-maker for the Cardinal in 2012, collecting a potential game-saving interception against David Fales and San Jose State in the season-opener to preserve a 20-17 win and racking up 301 yards on interception returns for the year, the second highest total in FCS history (USC defensive back Charles Phillips had 302 yards on interception returns in 1974). He finished with six interceptions, returning three for touchdowns.

Reynolds is often overshadowed by some of the "other" highly regarded defenders surrounding him but Pac-12 opponents knew to stay away, which explains why he was named First Team all-conference despite collecting only one interception and three passes broken up as a junior.

The high academic requirements Stanford imposes usually equate to instinctive, technically-sound defenders and that is certainly the case with Reynolds, a savvy defender and reliable open-field tackler who should contend to be the first safety off the board in May.

"After much thought and discussion with my family and mentors, I have decided to enter the NFL Draft," Reynolds said in announcing on Jan. 14 he would enter the 2014 draft. "I would like to thank the Stanford football family for putting me in this position and preparing me for the next level. A very special thanks to our coaching staff, support staff and my teammates for making the memories of these past four years last a lifetime."

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: At 6-2, 205 pounds, Reynolds possesses the lanky build scouts are looking for at the position. Physical and instinctive. Demonstrates good agility and acceleration to handle covering athletic tight ends out of the slot as well as supply deep help over the top. Reads the action and moves fluidly, showing a nice late burst to close on the ball and terrific vision and open-field running ability once he possesses it. Understands his role as the last line of defense and generally takes excellent angles in pursuit.

Force in run defense. Savvy defender and reliable open-field tackler. Breaks down well in space and delivers a pop on contact, often driving ballcarriers back.

WEAKNESSES: Missed 2011 season due to knee injury (ACL). Aggressive nature can be used against him at times, getting burned on occasion by cut-back runs from quicker ballcarriers. Ejected from one game in 2013 for targeting, displaying bad habit of leading with his helmet, which will draw personal fouls in the NFL.

Only one highly-productive season in terms of creating turnovers while playing on a defense with dominating front seven, and must prove he can make impact plays on consistent basis.

--Rob Rang (1/14/14)

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