You won’t find many NFL players that weigh less than 170 pounds. Then again, you won’t find many NFL players as electrifying as Tevin Reese. Selected in the seventh round of this year’s draft, the San Diego Chargers believe the 163 pound wide receiver from Baylor has enough speed to make up for his scrawny size.
“You can’t tackle what you can’t catch, and that’s what I live by,” Reese told reporters.
Let’s hope he’s right. Reese ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and is as explosive as they come off the line of scrimmage. That being said, he’s one big hit away from catastrophe. If you don’t think opposing safeties and linebackers will be licking their chops when they see the undersized Reese in the slot, you better think again.
“I told him to eat a little more,” said veteran wide receiver and teammate Eddie Royal. Although Royal might have been joking, Reese’s size is no laughing matter. Even a comparable wideout like DeSean Jackson, who is an inch shorter than 5-foot-11 Reese, still weighs 175 pounds.
Reese needs to learn how to manage and maintain his body at the next level if he wants to be successful. He needs to find a size that will protect him from the big hits he’ll be taking in the slot and/or return game without hindering his speed.
“To see him run is amazing,” said teammate and mentor Keenan Allen, “When he catches the ball, he’s gone.”
Speed is one of the best traits an NFL wide receiver can have, but if he doesn’t add a little size to go with his stride, the young WR will be tossed around like a rag doll on Sundays.
Reese has been undersized throughout his entire football career, but it has never stopped him from having success. Will that success continue now that Reese is playing with the big boys? We’ll just have to wait and see.