The NFL Draft begins next Thursday. With the success Navy has had on the field over the last few seasons it makes sense that more Mids are considered as worthy of drafting compared to seasons past. This is even more likely given that NFL squads saw how Joe Cardona was able to be drafted by and sign for the New England Patriots last spring. Between now and Thursday we will look at a few Navy players who may hear their name called sometime next week.http://www.scout.com/player/167339-keenan-reynolds?s=240&yr=2015
PRO DAY RESULTS
40-yard dash: 4.57 seconds
Vertical: 37 inches
Broad jump: 10 feet
Bench: 15 reps of 225 pounds
This is the most obvious place to start, but just because something is the most obvious it doesn’t make it invalid. Given the pre-draft hype and buzz surrounding Keenan Reynolds, compared to the other Navy prospects, it should come as no surprise that he is the most likely to be taken in one of the seven rounds and given an NFL shot.
The official NFL.com draft guide notes how Reynolds set an FBS record 88 rushing touchdowns and an FBS record for career rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,559. His strengths include his elevated sense of purpose when playing near the goal line, his ability to make himself slippery and rarely take big hits, and his vision that allows him to turn the ball up-field and use his balance to finish off big runs.
Under the weaknesses section, the same site looks at how Reynolds smaller frame is small for a full time NFL running back, though this could be mitigated if a team were to take a chance of Reynolds as a situational or hybrid player. It also cites ball security as a concern as Reynolds had 32 fumbles during his Navy career. This fumble stat though is a little misleading as there is a big difference between carrying the ball as the decision maker on an option play and just running as a running back.
Reynolds clearly is a hard player to pin down in terms of where he will be drafted. After scouring through several mock drafts online there are some that have him going as early as the third round, while others have him not being taken at all. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, with the Patriots and their five 6th round picks having plenty of ammunition to go after Reynolds if they have fallen in love with his skill set. Reynolds though could also come off the board way earlier than that, perhaps to someone like the Titans where he has had a workout, if they are not afraid to pull the trigger.
To round out this first Navy draft profile I leave you with this quote from Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com.
“I haven't talked to an exec I trust who isn't convinced the Patriots take Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds -- a slash-type player at the pro level -- at some point in the middle of this draft.”