Former University of Florida tight end Jordan Reed did it all on the offensive-side of the ball in college. At various times in his career, he played quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end for the Gators. While he won’t play all of those roles for the Washington Redskins, Reed will be a versatile weapon for head coach Mike Shanahan‘s offense in 2013. The Redskins altered their offensive philosophy last season to better utilize the skill set of number-two overall draft pick Robert Griffin III.
The Redskins made a smooth transition to a pistol offense that calls for a variety of zone and zone/read schemes. In addition, they incorporated more two-tight-end sets that gave them a three-man running surface to each side. Enter Jordan Reed. Reed, while not an imposing blocker at 236 pounds, was able to hold his own at the point of attack in college. But his true value will come in the intermediate and vertical passing game. So much of the Redskins passing game is built off of play-action designed to draw linebackers out of position and throw to their vacated spots. Reed will have a field day working those intermediate routes. Also, Shanahan is a master of designing plays that fit his personnel, and Reed will provide him with lots of options.
Heading into the draft, I thought Reed would only fit into a handful of offenses because he lacks the traditional size of an NFL tight end. However, the Redskins might be the perfect fit for him. I would expect to see Reed lined up at tight end, H-back, and even wide receiver throughout the season. A dangerous receiver after the catch, he could take some of those 10-15 yard catches for long gains if given space. Time will tell, but I think Griffin will enjoy having such a talented receiving options working the middle of the field.
B.L. is a college football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip