If Keenan Reynolds is going to see his personal NFL dream turn into reality then he is going to have to find a head coach willing to take a gamble on his talent. The NFL is of course not exactly known for its coaches having outside the box thinking, but luckily for Reynolds the one coach that has shown time and time again that he is willing to take calculated gambles on personnel is a man with deep ties to the Naval Academy.
Bill Belichick has well-established connection with the Midshipmen so it should come as no surprise at all that the NFL team to have shown the most interest in one of the greatest ever players to wear a Navy uniform is the New England Patriots. There has been noted contact throughout the draft process between the Patriots and Reynolds, with the latest round reported to have included Belichick and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels visiting Annapolis. During the visit Belichick had a watching brief as McDaniels put Reynolds through a workout.
The Patriots would be an ideal fit for Reynolds. Belichick loves versatile players who he can use in situational packages to create mismatches at the skill positions. He does this more effectively and more frequently than any other coach in the league. In the Patriot offense Reynolds would surely play a role as both a running back and as a slot receiver, with the latter being the position he is groomed to play long term. With targets such as Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman already giving the Pats a feared combination of targets, Reynolds would be left in single coverage where his explosiveness would be hard to handle.
The Pats also have the ammunition in the late rounds of the draft to make Reynolds a priority target. The team has seven picks in the final two rounds, but depending on the level of admiration they have for the former Navy quarterback the team may not wait that long to pull the trigger. New England took former Mid Joe Cardona in the fifth round last year, much earlier than projected. This is part of a trend for the Pats who are willing to defy the conventional “best player available” if they think a player has what it takes to flourish in their system. Thus some prognosticators are now thinking Reynolds could be on their radar as early as the third or fourth round, not bad for a guy now even good enough to receive a combine invite when the whole pre-draft process began.