The Philadelphia Eagles got themselves a major steal when safety Ed Reynolds was sitting there to be had in the fifth round.
One thing the Eagles lacked last season was a true ball-hawk in the back end. Someone who could consistently make plays on the ball and also be an intimidator in the middle. Reynolds has the potential to do just that.
Two seasons ago, Reynolds was one of the premier play makers in college football. He had six interceptions and took three of them to the house. He was a game-changer on the defensive side of the ball. Had he been eligible to declare for last year’s draft, I truly believe that he would have been a second- or third-round selection.
The same can be said for if he stayed in college another season. Reynolds is a sharp kid mentally. He doesn’t make mental errors and is usually in the right place at the right time. For a safety, that is half the battle. Too often over the years, we have seen Eagles defenders, specifically in the secondary, make critical mental mistakes at key points in games that ended up costing them.
The Eagles are making a concerted effort to find sharp, strong willed players that won’t make those type of errors. It may be tough sledding for Reynolds to crack the starting lineup in Year 1. Nate Allen and Earl Wolff, two men familiar with the system, are battling it out for the safety spot opposite Malcolm Jenkins.
Make no mistake about it, though, Reynolds is one to watch both now and going forward. He could be the next great Eagles safety.