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Jayden Reed
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Senior Bowl 2023: Get To Know Jayden Reed

  • Justin Melo
  • January 4, 2023
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The 2023 Senior Bowl will provide an opportunity for NFL draft prospects to prove themselves on the largest pre-draft stage. Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed plans on taking full advantage. Reed recently spoke exclusively with the Senior Bowl and Draft Network to discuss his motivation for accepting his invitation to compete in Mobile, Alabama. 

Reed also talked about what he’s striving to prove to NFL general managers and scouts in attendance at the Senior Bowl, his favorite routes to execute, his relationship with Cleveland Browns cornerback Greg Newsome II, and more. Let’s get to know Jayden Reed a little better.

JM: Where were you when you found out about your Senior Bowl invite and what was your initial reaction like?

Jayden Reed: I was actually at school. I was beyond excited to receive an opportunity to compete at the Senior Bowl. They’re giving me a terrific opportunity to showcase my talents. It’s something I’ve always dreamed of. I’m really excited to go out there and have some fun. I’m going to showcase what I can do.

JM: I’m assuming that was your motivation behind accepting the Senior Bowl’s offer?

Jayden Reed: Yeah, that was definitely my motivation. I want to show everybody how much I’ve improved as a receiver. I know what the scouts want to see from me. I plan on putting those things on display. I’ve gotten better in the areas where my game needed to grow. That’s where my focus has been. I know what I want to accomplish in Mobile.

JM: I want to build on that. What are you looking to prove to NFL general managers, coaching staffs, and scouts in attendance in Mobile?

Jayden Reed: I want to show them that I’m a confident player. I’m becoming a more physical receiver. I’m a consistent player with an evolving mindset. I’m always going to put my best foot forward. I think I’m going to leave a good impression out there.

JM: Does Jayden Reed have a favorite route to run? 

Jayden Reed: Me personally, I love the deep ball (laughs). I enjoy executing a play that allows me to showcase my deep speed. I love making contested catches. You can’t go wrong with a fade route or a post route. Those are probably my two favorite routes. I love the deep routes. 

JM: You’ve made a lot of money on those routes. When we turn the tape on, we immediately notice your initial quickness and variety of releases. How did you develop those aspects of your game?

Jayden Reed: I pride myself on being a coachable player. I think that’s been the biggest thing for me. I love being coached. [Wide receivers] coach [Courtney] Hawkins at Michigan State helped me out a lot. All of my coaches and trainers back home helped me out a lot. I love being coachable. I love learning the game. I love watching receivers that I like. Those are the main ways I developed a more diverse release package. I work on my craft every single day.

JM: That’s terrific stuff. How did playing in Michigan State’s offense help prepare you for the next level?

Jayden Reed: This year was honestly a bit different. I saw some different things from defenses. I faced a lot more double teams this year. That definitely helped better prepare me for the next level. 

I was a go-to target for our offense. That placed a bit more pressure on my shoulders. I know I can handle that now. That helped me a ton. I understood our offense. We had a lot of different concepts within our offense that resembled some NFL offenses. It’s going to help me make a smooth transition.

JM: That makes a lot of sense. What can you accomplish at the Senior Bowl that you can’t at other pre-draft events?

Jayden Reed: There’s no limit to what I can accomplish. The sky’s the limit. I believe anything can happen for me at the Senior Bowl. I just want to go out there and give it my all. I’m ready to prove that I can play at the professional level. That’s really my main focus. 

I’m excited to be coached up at the Senior Bowl. You’ve seen a bunch of professional players benefit from that. I’m going to gather all of the information necessary heading into this process. 

JM: We love that. Is there a player in the NFL you’re looking forward to eventually swapping jerseys with?

Jayden Reed: I’ve never really thought about that. My best friend is Greg Newsome. He’s with the Cleveland Browns. Swapping jerseys with him would be a lot of fun. Knowing him and having watched him all the time, he’s motivation for me because I’ve watched him accomplish all of his goals and live out his dreams. Playing against him would be very exciting for me. That’s my buddy right there (laughs).

JM: That’s awesome. I didn’t know that. What has watching his success taught you about hard work?

Jayden Reed: He provides me with a ton of motivation. I couldn’t be happier for him. I got to watch it all unfold. Knowing I have the possibility to live out the same dream, it’s such a surreal feeling for me. Seeing it all happen for him was a blessing really. Now I’m getting ready to go through the same pre-draft process. It’s very exciting. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead.

JM: We can’t wait for the inevitable Jayden Reed and Greg Newsome jersey swap. At the end of the week, what does a successful Senior Bowl week look like for Jayden Reed?

Jayden Reed: I’m striving to reach the heights and accolades I’m capable of reaching. I know what my potential is. I know what’s possible for me. I’d love to be the MVP of the game itself, for example. I want to leave the Senior Bowl a better player. I hope I can help somebody else find their motivation. I hope I’m a positive example for other players at the Senior Bowl. I hope to help somebody improve their game. Those are my main goals when I leave Mobile.

View Reed’s full scouting report here.

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Justin Melo