Eagles Add S Ed Reynolds

Posted: May 10th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 142 Comments »

At the bottom of the 5th round the Eagles added Safety Ed Reynolds from Stanford. This is my least favorite pick so far. Reynolds is a solid player, but just wasn’t a compelling guy to me. I preferred guys like Dion Bailey and Craig Loston.

Reynolds has pretty good size at 6-1, 207. He is a good tackler. Reynolds attacks his targets, wraps up and puts them down. He is a solid hitter, but I never saw him really lay someone out. You can argue that is a good thing in today’s NFL. Big hits draw flags and fines more than ever.

Reynolds is a “safe” Safety. He does his job. He sits back, reads the play and then reacts. He isn’t going to take chances. Reynolds shows good awareness and field vision. He has good hands and catches the ball smoothly. He won’t be an INT machine, but if the ball comes his way, he will catch it.

Chip Kelly said that Reynolds did visit Philly and they were very impressed with his ability to breakdown plays and explain things. The coaches would feel comfortable with Reynolds running the defense and making calls on the field. This sticks with the theme of the Eagles drafting smart guys this year.

Tony Pauline mentioned Reynolds as possibly being a Top 60 guy a few weeks ago. I never bought that, but was surprised he fell this far. Good value pick.

The addition of Reynolds does tell you that Jaylen Watkins will primarily be a CB. I’ll write more about Watkins later tonight.

Here are some highlights of Reynolds. He won’t wow you, but he’s the kind of smart player and solid tackler that can help a defense eliminate big plays on the back end.

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142 Comments on “Eagles Add S Ed Reynolds”

  1. 1 Bob Brewer said at 3:55 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    First

  2. 2 ICDogg said at 4:10 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    http://edublogs.misd.net/theskinny/files/2013/03/First-place-2jh4v0e.gif

  3. 3 Sconces said at 3:58 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    if you had to judge Reynolds based solely on his 2012 tape, would it still be your least favorite?

  4. 4 GermanEagle said at 3:58 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Reynolds = a more intelligent and athletic version of Kurt Coleman.

  5. 5 Jarock said at 4:01 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I hope so. Kurt got a bit of a raw deal here in Philly. Played hard. On the wrong end of too many highlight reels though.

  6. 6 Sconces said at 4:03 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I feel like people compare players to others based on similar skin color too much

  7. 7 GermanEagle said at 4:07 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Huh?!

  8. 8 Sconces said at 4:11 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Reynolds is a guy that keeps everything in front of him and is a very solid tackler. That just doesn’t come off as Kurt Coleman to me

  9. 9 GermanEagle said at 4:12 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I had Coleman as a solid tackler in my memories. His physical limitations were just the problem in the end.

  10. 10 Raul Estrada said at 7:33 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Right. Coleman was a speed bump. This guy has some stop sticks with his play.

  11. 11 Insomniac said at 4:43 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Sconces would play the race card!

  12. 12 GermanEagle said at 4:50 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I thought sconces were white???

  13. 13 Mac said at 5:07 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Nah, you’re thinking of everyone’s least favorite pastery… the scone. He is talking interior lighting.

  14. 14 GermanEagle said at 5:10 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    My bad. Must be the hunger in me.

  15. 15 Sconces said at 4:51 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I don’t think you know what race card means

  16. 16 GermanEagle said at 4:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I am pretty sure he was talking about Vettel and his racing cards…

  17. 17 ztom6 said at 5:01 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    was Coleman really that unathletic?

  18. 18 zbone95 said at 4:01 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    He is a solid backup who will play assignment football. If one of our starters get injured the coaches will have confidence in him to step in and do a fine job and take care of his assignment. Good Pick. Hey Tommy, did you notice that the two drafts with Chip, all of the players drafted were from big colleges. There are literally no small school guys. Looks like they highly value level of competition .

  19. 19 Mac said at 4:05 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Tommy, you now have chip’s safety blueprint. Smart enough to run the defense, and not going to allow big plays to become a score. I love how smooth this kid looks grabbing thefootball. Looks natural, and it felt like he was reading the plays well. It’s a shame he doesn’t measure out better, but I’m glad we are giving him a shot.

  20. 20 Jarock said at 4:07 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I will add, has to be able to handle man coverage against slot receivers. Or have you recovered from the nightmares of Chung trying to cover in the slot?

  21. 21 anon said at 4:11 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Who is going to cover the CB blitz? Or is that over now?

  22. 22 Joe Minx said at 4:11 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Wash got Seastrunk

  23. 23 Mitchell said at 4:21 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Well Tommy, we can hope Loston or Bailey make it to UDFA.

  24. 24 Joe Minx said at 4:21 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Zumwalt to Pitt

  25. 25 ACViking said at 4:22 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Re: Christian Jones

    Wow.

    Considering how far he’s slid, even factoring the positive dope test, it just goes to show (speaking for myself) . . . .

    NFL teams see college players so differently than fans, even those who watch the cut-ups.

    The issues with Jones go well beyond the one failed drug test we know about.
    __________

    Vontaze Burfict went from pre-season 1st Rd pick to RFA.

    Drugs was not an issue. Just erratic behavior. But things have worked out, so far, for him.

    I’d love to know what’s going on with CJ.

  26. 26 ACViking said at 4:22 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    T-LAW is on PhiladelphiaEagles.com right now . . . 4:22pm, ET

  27. 27 Ark87 said at 4:31 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    T-Law rocking his knowledge

  28. 28 Nailed it! said at 4:34 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    He deserves his PBR sixer after that interview!

  29. 29 Mitchell said at 4:22 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Zumwalt gone.

  30. 30 ACViking said at 4:35 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    T-LAW . . .

    Nice interview — sorry — great interview on PE.com.

    Great point about MSmith being the first 34-scheme selection of the CK-era.

    Now . . . get back here!

  31. 31 TommyLawlor said at 4:44 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I’m back. And thanks for the nice words.

  32. 32 GermanEagle said at 4:49 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Was nice listening to you, mate.

  33. 33 Jarock said at 4:51 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Agreed

  34. 34 Joe Minx said at 4:48 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    LDT to the Chiefs lol.

    Old habits die hard I guess.

  35. 35 Jarock said at 4:49 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  36. 36 GermanEagle said at 4:51 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    AR rubbing it in. Who DAT LDT?!!

  37. 37 TommyLawlor said at 4:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Ha, I didn’t even think of that.

  38. 38 TommyLawlor said at 4:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Good pick, but you can’t help but laugh at the fact that Big Red took him.

  39. 39 Anders said at 4:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    The Chiefs might say Polian is picking and AR have no hand in it, but this draft just screams AR draft

  40. 40 Ark87 said at 4:54 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    It’s incredible just how familiar it is.

  41. 41 Brazilnut said at 4:59 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Oh please. we all know Andy would never draft an undersized fastball in the first round.

  42. 42 Jarock said at 4:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Really thought he would have been a great depth pick with the potential to replace Herremans or Mathis in a year or two.

  43. 43 ACViking said at 4:56 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    T-Law:

    During your PE.com interview, you weren’t asked about the Bryce Brown trade.

    I’d like to have heard any additional thoughts you had.

    Chip Kelly, during the Taylor Hart-presser, had some very kind words for Matthew Tucker. Called Tucker the most in-shape RB right now.

    Seems that, whatever MTuck did this off-season, he’s made a good impression on the Head Coach.
    ______________

    I’ve listened to all the phone-call interviews of the Eagles’ selections.

    Everyone of them seemed very sharp, very thoughtful, not the usual platitudes.

  44. 44 TommyLawlor said at 5:03 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I’ll be writing about the RB situation.

    Tucker is a player that it’s tough to get a read on.

  45. 45 Jarock said at 5:02 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Understanding that at this point you have less than a 1 in 10 chance of a player making the team, who would you like the Eagles to take a flyer on? I’m about out of ideas.

  46. 46 ChaosOnion said at 5:06 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    If he is around at the Eagles 7th round pick, I think Colt Lyerla is worth a flyer. Passing on him would speak volumes to the kids viability as a pro prospect.

  47. 47 Jarock said at 5:08 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Both Lyerla and Jones are talented. I just think given the emphasis Chip and Howie have placed on character, we can probably rule both out.

  48. 48 oreofestar said at 5:07 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    lol Christian Jones

  49. 49 ChaosOnion said at 5:04 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    A smart, solid, sure tackler at Safety sounds amazing.

  50. 50 scratcherk said at 5:05 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Andy took LDT

  51. 51 scratcherk said at 5:05 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    covered below… carry on.

  52. 52 nicolajNN said at 5:09 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Why is it NFLN isn’t using Cosell during draft weekend? Seems like a steal for pe.com

  53. 53 scratcherk said at 5:11 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Wouldnt mind them taking Max Bullough, worth a flyer

  54. 54 scratcherk said at 5:17 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    They’re talking about him now I think.

  55. 55 oreofestar said at 5:11 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I know we drafted 2 wr and I am forgeting who is left not paying full attention but Brandon Coleman and Skov are guys I like if they are here

  56. 56 ACViking said at 5:17 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I’ll defer to T-Law . . .

    Both have knee issues.

  57. 57 Insomniac said at 5:18 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Skov might as well get cyborg implants in his legs.

  58. 58 ACViking said at 5:19 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    that’s the best line of the day!

    (Other than Baloophi’s stuff)

  59. 59 Mitchell said at 5:17 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    One of those rare drafts where you actually wish you had more 7th rounders.

  60. 60 Mitchell said at 5:17 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Can someone explain how UDFA works? Do the players get to chose where they go?

  61. 61 ACViking said at 5:17 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    That’s a bingo

  62. 62 oreofestar said at 5:18 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    its like FA recruiting kind of

  63. 63 ACViking said at 5:18 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Teams will pay their target RFA a bonus to get them, too

  64. 64 Anders said at 5:21 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Its like college recruiting, just here it is legal to pay them

  65. 65 ACViking said at 5:20 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Seattle drafts SDSt safety Eric Pinkins . . .

    6’3″ 220lbs.

  66. 66 ChaosOnion said at 5:21 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Kam, Jr.

  67. 67 Jarock said at 5:24 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Just to point out how far off the mock drafters can be, I remember when Tahj Boyd, who just went to the Jets late the 6th round, was considered a first round possibility.

  68. 68 oreofestar said at 5:25 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    never heard him in round 1 heard a lot of 3/4

  69. 69 Jarock said at 5:27 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    It was really early in the process. Around when the college season ended and before the combine and all-star games.

  70. 70 Anders said at 5:30 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    People argued he would have been a 1st rounder last year, This years Barkley

  71. 71 SteveH said at 5:33 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Those early mocks are as worthless as they come. I’m not even sure why they bother.

  72. 72 Bob Brewer said at 5:35 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Because they generate clicks, and I’m as guilty of reading them as anyone else.

  73. 73 Joe Minx said at 5:27 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    McCullers to Pittsburgh

  74. 74 Joe Minx said at 5:38 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Vikings take Shamar Stephen

  75. 75 Baloophi said at 5:38 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Minx Jinx!

  76. 76 Baloophi said at 5:38 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    There goes Shamar Stephen…

  77. 77 SteveH said at 5:39 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Odds on this pick being another Ducker? I’d say 50%.

  78. 78 Anders said at 5:41 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Good chance for Mitchell

  79. 79 oreofestar said at 5:40 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Wait I thought this was our pick

  80. 80 SteveH said at 5:40 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    We’re 224.

  81. 81 oreofestar said at 5:41 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    yeah I realized thanks…

  82. 82 Nailed it! said at 5:40 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    224

  83. 83 TommyLawlor said at 5:43 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    The #Eagles final pick is almost here. Some names…CB Terrance Mitchell, LB Adrian Hubbard, ILB Brock Coyle, OL Matt Patchan. Maybe a PK?

  84. 84 TommyLawlor said at 5:43 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I’ve given up on Christian Jones as a pick. Would love him as a UDFA.

  85. 85 Joe Minx said at 5:44 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Hoping for Zach Kerr.

  86. 86 Jarock said at 5:45 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I’d guess Mitchell just cause of the Ducks connection.

  87. 87 Baloophi said at 5:45 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I know I put Adrian Hubbard on my “Ten Foot Pole” list, but he’s got intriguing measurables… similar to Dion Jordan.

  88. 88 CrackSammich said at 5:44 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I know nothing about the player, but I’d love to have a running back named Storm Johnson.

  89. 89 SteveH said at 5:45 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Almost as good as having a DT named “Tank”.

  90. 90 oreofestar said at 5:45 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    reuinites with Bortles

  91. 91 OregonDucker said at 5:46 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Terrance Mitchell – CB; Lyerla – TE/RB; Coleman – NT

  92. 92 Baloophi said at 5:47 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    More like BOOOOOOOO Allen…

  93. 93 Ark87 said at 5:49 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    He spells his first name wrong

  94. 94 Baloophi said at 5:50 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    He’s vowel-heavy. And likely bowel-heavy, but I digress…

  95. 95 Ark87 said at 5:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Great men don’t squeeze so many letters into a single syllable. Like Bo Jackson.

  96. 96 ICDogg said at 5:47 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Beau Allen, Wisconsin. Never heard of him.

  97. 97 ACViking said at 5:49 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    If the year were 1977, you’d say the same thing about 7th Rd pick Charlie Johnson from U-Colorado.

    CJ was then called a “Defensive Nose Guard.”

    Allen is a (now called) NT.

    Johnson made that Vermiel-era defense. Created space for Lemaster and Bergey.

    Great choice.

  98. 98 CrackSammich said at 5:47 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Seems to be a tradition of 7th round DT’s that you’ve never heard of.

  99. 99 Richaud Jeaffreson said at 1:51 AM on May 11th, 2014:

    What’s Jeff Owens up to these days?

  100. 100 SteveH said at 5:47 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Almost seems like the Eagles are deliberately avoiding taking anyone you want at a particular pick Tommy.

  101. 101 ICDogg said at 5:48 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    333 pounds.

  102. 102 Baloophi said at 5:48 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Beau Allen could be a Game of Thrones or Capital One extra…

  103. 103 ICDogg said at 5:50 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Or a guy for Riley Cooper to go to concerts with

  104. 104 Jarock said at 5:50 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    o u c h

  105. 105 Brian Pillion said at 5:48 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I remember reading a piece by Shiel or Jimmy or someone about Allen as a late-round backup target at NT.

  106. 106 Brian Pillion said at 5:53 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    It was McManus
    http://www.phillymag.com/birds247/2014/04/21/allen-fit-eagles/

  107. 107 Joe Minx said at 5:48 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I LOVE this pick!

  108. 108 Jarock said at 5:49 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Backup NT. Doubt he develops into anything more, but I’m not complaining about line depth.

  109. 109 OregonDucker said at 5:49 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Beau Allen, DT, Wisconsin
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 325.
    Projected 40 Time: 5.39.
    Projected Round (2014): 5-7.

  110. 110 Mitchell said at 5:53 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    However his 10 yrd split was 1.65 secs. Vert was like 31.5 inches.

  111. 111 Baloophi said at 5:55 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Projected Travel Accessory: Seat belt extender

  112. 112 SteveH said at 5:50 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Never heard of the guy, but he has glorious hair.

  113. 113 Baloophi said at 5:51 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Mel Kiper is jealously crushing his highlighter…

  114. 114 SteveH said at 5:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Kiper could only dream of that hair-product-less luxuriousness.

  115. 115 SteveH said at 5:52 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Seriously, if this guy doesn’t make it as a football player, he has a bright future in Pantene commercials.

  116. 116 Baloophi said at 5:53 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    If he cant beat blocks, maybe he can beat Kelly LeBrocks…

    Ouch. I need some coffee…

  117. 117 SteveH said at 5:56 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Offseason conditioning should help this prospects joke telling stamina.

  118. 118 Baloophi said at 6:12 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I’ll be working with a prop comedian to improve my timing.

  119. 119 ICDogg said at 6:45 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I got to know a prop comedian a little bit many years ago. His name is The Legendary Wid, and he still performs as far as I know. He was working a club in Wildwood, NJ, and I was staying in the same run down old house there. During the day he would dumpster dive to find props for his show and think of puns to go along with them.

  120. 120 Mitchell said at 5:54 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Good bye Square.

  121. 121 Dragon_Eagle said at 5:54 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    From NFL.com: Big, beefy, active, loquacious nose tackle.
    They’re measuring verbal contributions as part of the evaluation process now?

    Looking forward to the interview, I guess.

  122. 122 Chip Kelly's bastard son said at 5:55 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    That’s also his profile on match.com

  123. 123 Dragon_Eagle said at 5:58 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Favorite movie: Rapunzel

  124. 124 Baloophi said at 6:11 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Can’t live without my: Conditioner.

  125. 125 Baloophi said at 5:56 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    He might be just the injection of energy that a haggard Spadaro and drowsy Reese need…

  126. 126 SteveH said at 5:58 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Loquaciousness is a valuable asset for bench players. Someones gotta make the starters laugh when they come off for a breather.

  127. 127 Mitchell said at 5:54 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    There are a ton of UDFA we can still bring in. This draft was amazing!

  128. 128 ICDogg said at 5:55 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Chip says he thought the ILB prospects fell off hard after CJ Mosley

  129. 129 ICDogg said at 5:58 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Chip says drafting all defense today is just the way the board fell

  130. 130 ACViking said at 5:59 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    The Eagles have had good fortune with D-linemen in Rd 7.

    All Pro DE Carl “Big Daddy” Hairston in ’75.

    All Pro NT Charlie Johnson in ’77.

    DE Will Wynn in ’74, a guy who got sidetracked off the field.

    Long time ago, for sure.

    Last year, the Eagles selected OU DE David King. Didn’t work out.

    But this guy, Beau Allen, he’s a player.

  131. 131 OregonDucker said at 6:00 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    From what I read of his comments, he likes the complexity of the 3-4. It makes his job fun he says.

  132. 132 Joe Minx said at 6:03 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    More recently I remember Jeff Owens & Keyonta Marshall as big 7th round DTs. Hopefully this guy’s much better.

  133. 133 Iskar36 said at 6:00 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Damn, couple of Kickers off the board. No idea if any of them were good, but fewer options to compete with Henery is not ideal.

  134. 134 Chip Kelly's bastard son said at 6:06 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Pete Carroll just said high motor, and now my television is broken

  135. 135 Jeffrey Stover said at 6:08 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I liked his instincts! And like people have mentioned, looks to be a solid tackler. I liked his aggressiveness with the ball in his hands…he was not just happy with getting the pick, he was trying to take it back to the house! Also was it just me or did he look really fast?

  136. 136 Insomniac said at 6:14 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    He ran in the 4.4s to 4.5 flat at his pro day.

  137. 137 ACViking said at 6:10 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Did Kelly just say the team will bring in a rookie FA QB if he’s the right guy?

  138. 138 oreofestar said at 6:17 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    I don’t know but maybe Brett Smith

  139. 139 ICDogg said at 6:51 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    They’ll need to have some QBs for camp, the way they run practices.

  140. 140 OregonDucker said at 6:17 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Beau Allen in 4/21 article: “Philadelphia is a place I’d love to be.”

    http://www.phillymag.com/birds247/2014/04/21/allen-fit-eagles/

  141. 141 ICDogg said at 6:50 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    The Rams took Sam.

  142. 142 Raul Estrada said at 7:32 PM on May 10th, 2014:

    Looks like a Kurt Coleman and how he should’ve been.