Navy's Keenan Reynolds and his FBS records snubbed by NFL combine
Keenan Reynolds set FBS records at Navy. But it wasn't enough to get him invited to next week's NFL combine.
By just about any conventional measure, Navy's Keenan Reynolds was a fantastic college player. He finished his career with 88 rushing touchdowns and 4,559 rushing yards -- both records for an FBS quarterback. Add a strong showing at the 2016 Shrine Game -- where he played running back -- and it was perfectly reasonable to think that he'd get an invite to next week's NFL combine.
But there is a rational explanation for the oversight: Reynolds played in an option offense at Navy, and at 5-10, 200 pounds, he'll have to switch positions in the NFL. Still, that Reynolds doesn't fit neatly in one box or the other shouldn't be reason enough to discount him altogether.
If you're curious, here's his scouting report, courtesy of NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler:
Reynolds showed the lower body athleticism to make quick cuts and fluidly redirect his momentum, stringing together his moves to pick through the defense. He reads the field well and has the speed to beat the linebacker to the edge. With only one career catch in college, Reynolds is unproven as a pass-catcher out of the backfield, but he didn't drop a ball during the first practice and appeared natural looking the ball into his hands before bursting downfield.
With his limited build, Reynolds doesn't have the body power to run through contact, which showed as an inside runner. And with 32 career fumbles at Navy, he also needs to improve his ball security, putting the ball on the ground once during practice on Monday [at the Shrine Game].
"The transition is definitely something new," Reynolds told the Tampa Bay Tribune's Greg Auman in January of his move to running back. "I'm just trying to learn from the guys who have been playing the position, watching and observing. You don't need talent to have good effort and attitude, so that's what I'm coming out here with. I'm just trying to play."
"I think if he's just given a chance, wherever, he'll have a chance to succeed," Ken Niumatalolo, Reynolds' college coach, told Auman. "The ball was always in his hands, and if he ends up playing running back, he'll do well. There were always things he did that would amaze you."
But what would an NFL journey be without some setbacks? The league is littered with stars who didn't get combine invites, including James Harrison, Julian Edelman, Victor Cruz, Chris Harris Jr., Doug Baldwin and Sam Shields.
Meanwhile, the list of other 2016 snubs include Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock, Alabama quarterback Jacob Coker, TCU running back Aaron Green and Baylor wide receiver Jay Lee -- among others.
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