PROS: Has outstanding speed and field vision with the ball in his that makes him a multifaceted weapon as a kick returner, runner and creator after the catch. Has emerged for Virginia, and developed his receiving skill set nicely. While he can win down the field, he isn’t just a deep threat. Showcases good hands, body control and ball tracking skills. Decisive with the ball in his hands and he has the juice to break pursuit angles. Has excellent vision and creativity with the ball in his hands. Experienced lining up in multiple places (wide/slot/backfield/h-back) and executed routes with good tempo. Thick, stocky frame. Should be a standout special teamer both returning and covering kicks.
CONS: Has only been tasked with a simple route tree and he needs growth as a route runner to become a true route salesman. Deception isn’t quite there selling his breaks and his speed has been good enough at this point for him to get open. Very little technique present in his releases to defeat press coverage or create leverage. Doesn’t have great separation quickness and NFL cornerbacks will be willing to crowd him at various points in the route. Change of direction skills disappoint but he is shifty. Likely only a slot option where free releases are provided.
BEST TRAIT - Versatility
WORST TRAIT - Route Running Technique
RED FLAGS - None
Returning five kicks for touchdowns, catching 129 passes and logging 24 rushing attempts, Joe Reed was a multifaceted weapon for Virginia and that versatility is appealing when forecasting him to the next level. While he needs considerable technical development as a receiver, Reed thrives with the ball in his hands while offering excellent size and explosiveness. A proven special teamer, Reed’s ability in the return game, covering kicks and what he can do in space brings value. Reed isn’t likely to command major touches in the NFL, but his all-around game and physical skill set gives him a chance to stick and offer value.