With the 162nd overall selection in the draft, the Eagles selected Stanford safety Ed Reynolds.
Reynolds stands at 6-1 and 207 pounds and recorded a 4.57 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Combine. He is more of your box type safety and doesn’t have the range and speed to play the center field type safety position.
After adding Malcolm Jenkins through free agency, the thought was that the Eagles would add another safety through the draft who can come in and compete. With Jenkins penciled in to be one of the starters, Reynolds will now come in and compete with Nate Allen and Earl Wolff for the other starting position. The pick is a bit interesting after adding Jaylen Watkins who has the versatility to play safety even though he is technically a corner. Reynolds played both safety positions in college, again adding to the versatility trait the Eagles look for in their defensive players.
Out of Stanford, the Eagles get an intelligent player who has good vision that makes up for some of the speed that he lacks for his position. Reynolds had a bit of a down year in 2013 after having a strong 2012 campaign. Some thought that he would benefit from staying at Stanford for an additional year, but he decided to take the leap to the NFL.
What I do like out of Reynolds is his size. He also is a solid tackler, which is something the safety position has lacked for the Eagles since the loss of Brian Dawkins.
Coming into the 2014 season, I don’t know if Reynolds will be able to crack the starting lineup. However, he is a good addition to the depth chart and a guy that should be able to contribute on special teams.
I think he is the type of player that is really going to spend a lot of time watching film and continuing to leverage his football knowledge and vision. He doesn’t have the athletic skills that he can use to get to the ball so he needs to be able to be smart on the back end of the defense and take strong angles.