2015 NFL DRAFT

Ed Reynolds, FS

School: Stanford  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Orange Park, FL
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 207 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
14264-5
Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 5/162 - Ed Reynolds, S, 6-1, 207, Stanford...Reynolds is another high-football-IQ guy. He's a big, physical player who can play both safety spots and contribute on special teams. He has excellent tackling ability and instincts. His father, Ed Sr. was an NFL linebacker for 10 years. - The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 62. *Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford, 6-2, 206, 4.54, 2...Reynolds is physical, instinctive and has lanky build that teams like for at the position. Shows ability to handle athletic tight ends, which is becoming more important every year in the NFL. Had only one highly-productive season in terms of creating turnovers while playing on a defense with dominant front seven. Father, also Ed Reynolds, was an NFL linebacker for New England and the New York giants (1983-92). - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/14/2014 - Reynolds Headed to Draft...Ed Reynolds has declared for the 2014 NFL Draft, as announced Tuesday by the Stanford senior free safety. The All-American from Stoneville, N.C., will re-enroll into Stanford for the spring quarter and return again during the offseason to complete work toward his degree in political science. "After much thought and discussion with my family and mentors, I have decided to enter the NFL Draft," Reynolds said. "I would 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. "I would like to extend my deepest and most sincere gratitude to the Stanford community for its support during my time on The Farm. A better script could not have been written for my experience at Stanford as a student-athlete."

Reynolds was third among Stanford defenders in 2013 with 87 tackles, adding four breakups, five passes defended and one interception. He was a pivotal cog in a defensive unit that ranked third nationally in rushing defense (89.4 yards/game), seventh in tackles for loss (7.8/game) and 16th in total defense (343.1 yards/game). Reynolds shelved in the accolades during his final season on The Farm, garnering All-America honors from the FWAA (second team), CBSSports.com (first team) and SI.com (honorable mention). The Pac-12 recognized Reynolds as a first team all-conference safety. The Lott IMPACT Award semifinalist also earned a spot on the Pac-12 All-Academic second team. As a junior in 2012, Reynolds had a team-high six interceptions, the most by a Stanford player since Jim Kaffen's seven in 1973. - Stanford football

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: S - Ed Reynolds, Jr., Stanford: Like Brooks, 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 on the season. Perhaps it is a reflection on last year, when he intercepted six passes, returning three for touchdowns. Physical and instinctive, the 6-2, 205-pound Reynolds could contend for top safety honors in the 2014 draft should he elect to give up his final year of collegiate eligibility. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): DB Ed Reynolds, Sr., Stanford (2)...Opposing teams have showed respect for Reynolds' capability by staying away from the safety play-maker. Reynolds has just one interception (in the season opener) and three pass breakups but has seen little action to his side of the field. He has been a force in the run game however, ranking third on the team with 73 tackles, including 47 solo efforts. - Stanford football

10/08/2013 - Stanford FS Ed Reynolds quietly stars in victory over Washington...Both Seferian-Jenkins (tight end) and Williams (wide receiver) are legitimate early round NFL prospects but the juniors struggled to make impactful plays for most of the night in large part because of Reynold's range and physicality. Williams became a significant factor as the Huskies made a valiant fourth quarter comeback but his production (five catches for 89 yards) came mostly on deep out-breaking routes when he drew single coverage.

At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds, Reynolds possesses the lanky build scouts are looking for at the position. He also demonstrated good agility and acceleration to handle covering Seferian-Jenkins out of the slot as well as supply deep help over the top to limit Price, normally an aggressive deep-ball passer. 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. Reynolds breaks down well in space and delivers a pop on contact, often driving ball-carriers back. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2013 - Stanford FS Ed Reynolds quietly stars in victory over Washington...With all due to respect to redshirt quarterback Kevin Hogan, the strength of No. 5 Stanford's team lies in the front seven of their defense. While Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov generate most of the hype, fellow tough-guys Josh Mauro, Ben Gardner and Henry Anderson are earning long looks from NFL scouts, as well. Murphy and Skov were consistent standouts in the Cardinal's controversial 31-28 victory over Washington. Murphy's unique agility at 6-foot-6, 261 pounds helped him sack Huskies' quarterback Keith Price in the first quarter and tip a pass that led to an interception by linebacker A.J. Tarpley in the fourth.

Skov's explosiveness and efficiency resulted in some of the biggest hits in the game. Along with huge kickoff returns from Ty Montgomery, this unit's ability to clog the line of scrimmage played a critical role in Saturday night's key Pac-12 North win. A quietly but equally effective contribution to Stanford's victory, however, was redshirt junior free safety Ed Reynolds, whose coverage skills helped limit Washington's ability to find talented pass-catchers Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/24/2013 - Stanford senior Ed Reynolds will sit out the first half of the fifth-ranked Cardinal's game against Washington State on Saturday for targeting. Reynolds was ejected from last Saturday's 42-28 victory over Arizona State after lowering his head and hitting Sun Devils quarterback Taylor Kelly in the helmet with less than seven minutes remaining to play. Stanford coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Reynolds did not argue the call and has since expressed remorse for the hit. Shaw agreed with the penalty, saying the punishment is necessary to discourage that activity in college football. - AP Sports

09/11/2013 - Scouting the Stanford pass defense: Stanford's pass defense is based largely on its pass rush. The Cardinal, which led the nation in sacks last year, had three against San Jose State in the opener, but Spartans QB David Fales generally had time to throw while collecting 217 passing yards. The Cardinal's secondary is improved from a year ago, and the star is S Ed Reynolds, who led the team with 12 tackles and intercepted a pass in the opener. Defending the pass will not be a major issue against Army, which relies on an option running game. That will bring Stanford defensive backs closer to the line of scrimmage to help defend the run. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: S Ed Reynolds was a surprise star last season, when he intercepted six passes and returned three of them for touchdowns. He had an interception late in last year's game against San Jose State to end the Spartans' last chance. Reynolds has a knack for reading plays and knowing where to be to make the pick. He is aided in that respect by the Cardinal's strong pass rush. He will be critical in defending the passing of San Jose State's David Fales. - The Sports Xchange

08/27/2013 - GRADING CBSSPORTS.COM'S ALL-AMERICA TEAM AS NFL PROSPECTS: S Ed Reynolds, Stanford (6-2, 205, Sr.)...After seeing limited playing time over his first two seasons in Palo Alto, Reynolds had a breakout junior campaign in 2012, finishing among the Nation's leaders in interceptions with six. He has a good blend of speed and strength to be a reliable defender against the run and the pass, something NFL scouts are seeking. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP STANFORD PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. FS Ed Reynolds (6-2, 205, 4.54)*...Reynolds generally lines up quite deep as a single-high free safety. He shows the awareness and ball-skills to take advantage of this depth as a ball-hawk. He 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. He breaks down well in the open field and is a reliable wrap-up tackler who'll lower his shoulder and deliver a blow. Reynolds understands his role as the last line of defense and generally takes excellent angles in pursuit. He is aggressive, however, and was burned, on occasion, by streaking upfield only to watch quicker ball-carriers cut-back to beat him.

Scouts would like to see more consistency from Reynolds in his second season as a starter but if he can prove that last year's breakout campaign was no mirage, he'll rank among the better prospects at his position in the country. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - TOP STANFORD PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 3. FS Ed Reynolds (6-2, 205, 4.54)*...While Stanford's front seven generally receives most of the credit for their tough defense, Reynolds enjoyed a breakout 2012 campaign that could push him past some of his more celebrated teammates on NFL boards. He led the team with six interceptions (three of which he returned for scores) and provided generally reliable open-field tackling (47 tackles) to earn All-American honors in his first season as a starter.

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, 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). - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/13/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: S Ed Reynolds took over a position that was a question mark in 2012 and became a big-play defender. He intercepted six passes and had 301 return yards after those picks. Reynolds returned three of those interceptions for touchdowns, and came within a half-yard of making it four. - The Sports Xchange

07/17/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Ed Reynolds, Stanford...Reynolds, a preseason nominee for the Lott IMPACT Award, established himself with a noteworthy junior campaign. The 2012 third team AP All-American led the Cardinal with six interceptions, three of which he returned for a touchdown to set a school record. Reynolds ranked first nationally with 301 interception return yards, one yard short of the NCAA single-season record set in 1974 by USC's Charles Phillips. - Stanford football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ed Reynolds, Stanford, DB...Reynolds, a preseason nominee for the Lott IMPACT Award, established himself with a noteworthy junior campaign. The 2012 third team AP All-American led the Cardinal with six interceptions, three of which he returned for a touchdown to set a school record. Reynolds ranked first nationally with 301 interception return yards, one yard short of the NCAA single-season record set in 1974 by USC's Charles Phillips. - Stanford football

05/21/2013 - 2013 LOTT IMPACT TROPHY WATCH LIST: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford...Third-team Associated Press All-American led the Cardinal with six interceptions, most by a Stanford player since 1973 (Jim Kaffen, 7)...set a new school record with three interceptions returned for a touchdown...ranked 12th nationally with 0.43 interceptions/game...ranked first nationally with 301 INT return yards, one yard short of the NCAA single-season record (Charles Phillips - USC, 1974). - Stanford football

 
 
Player News
05/11/2014 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 5/162 - Ed Reynolds, S, 6-1, 207, Stanford...Reynolds is another high-football-IQ guy. He's a big, physical player who can play both safety spots and contribute on special teams. He has excellent tackling ability and instincts. His father, Ed Sr. was an NFL linebacker for 10 years. - The Sports Xchange
 

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