With the team’s second pick in the fifth round (No. 162 overall), the Philadelphia Eagles selected safety Ed Reynolds out of Stanford. Reynolds was teammates in Palo Alto with Zach Ertz, an Eagles’ selection in the second round of the 2013 draft.
A position that most people thought the Eagles desperately needed, Howie Roseman and Chip Kelly waited until the fifth round to grab Reynolds. With a weak safety crop, the duo probably thought taking a safety at this stage would present them with the best bang for their buck.
At 6’1″ and 207 pounds, Reynolds is a pretty big guy. It’s doubtful that he’ll start this season, but being a part of a rotation isn’t out of the question. He’s going to have to improve on a lot of things, but should be a dependable backup and special teams contributor in year one.
Here’s Reynolds’ scouting report courtesy of NFL.com:
STRENGTHS: Good size to contend with tight ends. Reads the quarterback and displays good instincts and anticipation. Showed ballhawking skills as a junior. Functional range off the hash. Wrap tackler. Has NFL bloodlines.
WEAKNESSES: Small hands. Very average play speed, twitch and flexibility. Unsudden change of direction. Lacks burst to close suddenly or recover when beat. Occasionally loses field leverage and takes some inaccurate angles. Leaks yards after contact. Misses too many tackles in the open field and can be run over (see Utah). Can be manipulated by quarterbacks. Limited experience in man coverage. Poor leaping ability. Appeared extremely rigid in positional workout at pro day.
Be sure to check out his highlight tape as well.