The San Diego Chargers received a boost at the receiver position last year from rookie Keenan Allen, but still lack the talent needed at receiver to become a dominant contender in the AFC. That being said, San Diego spent a seventh-round selection on a receiver from Baylor named Tevin Reese, who I think could make a big impact this season for the team similar to how another former Baylor receiver Kendall Wright made an impact during his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans.
Reese, a 5-foot-10, 163-pound speed receiver, is a great fit in San Diego as a slot receiver to complement big targets out wide in Allen, Vincent Brown and Malcolm Floyd, who is returning from an injury.
Reese is a freak athlete from the position and boasts some of the best explosion we saw in May’s NFL Draft. He moves incredibly well and is agile, showing quick burst and rare sudden-movement skills similar to players such as DeSean Jackson and Tavon Austin. He has rare speed and agility from the receiver position, which makes him a great playmaking threat as a wide receiver, especially working in the slot on linebackers and safeties. He’s a mismatch nightmare.
Reese’s 163-pound frame is quite concerning, however. He needs to bulk up by about 20 pounds while still maintaining his quickness and agility. This will not only bring strength to beat the press from larger NFL corners, but it will also keep him much healthier as durability has been a concern throughout his time at Baylor.
Reese will be competing with Eddie Royal, Seyi Ajirotutu and Brown for the starting slot receiver role, and while Royal and Brown will likely be the leading candidates for that job, if Reese can show his ability to make plays from the position, he could make a nice impact this season for San Diego. For the time being, Reese’s impact will likely be felt as a return specialist due to his ability to make sudden movements and such. He’s quite exciting to watch.