Scout's Notebook: WR Darius Reynaud

Rookie free agent Darius Reynaud is competing for a roster spot as a backup slot receiver and return specialist. Here's a closer look…

#82, Darius Reynaud, WR
(5092, 201, 4.42-4.55) West Virginia

Notes:  Born 12/29/85, in Luling, Lousiana.  Parents are Michael and Katrina Reynaud.  Was offensive MVP of St. Charles parish in high school after leading Hahnville High to an undefeated record and the state championship as a senior.  He totaled 236 carries for 1,889 yards and 37 touchdowns as a senior running back, with nine 100-yard rushing games.  Earned first-team all-state, all-district, all-6-5A and all-River Parish honors.  He was also the Louisiana state long jump champion with a 24.5' jump.

College:  Although he was an offensive star and long jump star in high school, he only received scholarship offers from Indiana and West Virginia.  He eventually signed as one of the last recruits with the Mountaineers.  Redshirted (due to grades) as a partial qualifier in 2004.  Started all 12 games in 2005; catching 30 passes for 297 yards (9.9 avg.) and 5 touchdowns, with 9 rushes for 86 yards (9.6 avg.) and one TD, returned 4 kickoffs for 102 yards (25.5 avg.).  Started all 13 games in 2006; caught 39-520-2 (13.3 avg.), rushed 14-221-0 (15.8 avg.), returned kickoffs 30-813-1 (27.1 avg.).  Started 11-of-13 games in 2007 (slowed by a shoulder injury in 2 games); caught 64-733-12 (11.5 avg.), rushed 11-103-1 (9.4 avg.) and returned kickoffs 8-211-0 (26.4 avg.).

Posted 1.47 10-yard dash, 2.56 20-yard dash, 4.48 40-yard dash, 4.32 20-yard shuttle, 6.88 three-cone drill times and recorded 34 ½-inch vertical jump, 10'-10" broad jump and did 20 reps at 225 pounds during Combine and Pro Day workouts.

Pro:  Signed by the Vikings as an undrafted rookie free agentDarius Reynaud following the 2008 NFL Draft.

Positives:  Catches the ball well.  Good hands.  Makes big plays.  Flashes explosiveness.  Quick, darting, elusive runner after the catch.  Good open-field running skills.  Nice burst and can make would-be tacklers miss.  Good balance.  Strong for his size and can sidestep the jam at the line of scrimmage effectively.  Tough, willing downfield blocker.  Has been durable.

Negatives:  Lacks top height and true home-run speed.  Needs refinement on his pass routes and zone coverage recognition.

Summary:  Developmental slot receiver with some big-play ability, open-field running skills and kick return prowess.  Unless he struggles with rookie jitters, Reynaud will be very difficult to cut due to his play-making ability and return skills.

What they said:

"Has the quickness, run balance and elusiveness to be a threat whenever he touches the ball, but is still very raw as a receiver and will have to make it as a returner.  Developmental slot receiver." - Nolan Nawrocki, Pro Football Weekly

"When Reynaud has the ball in his hands, he can make people miss.  He's not real big, but he's an extremely strong, sure-handed, aggressive football player who has the knack for making things happen.  With his experience as a receiver and on special teams, plus his speed and athleticism, Reynaud should end up as a contributor at the pro level, as both a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver and kickoff returner." - Mel Kiper, Jr.

"A shifty, nimble, and athletic player, Reynaud has a stocky build and slippery agility.  An elusive runner after the catch, he improved vastly as a possession receiver his senior season and was able to catch more balls across the middle of the field.  He averaged one touchdown every five catches.  He garnered attention at the Scouting Combine and is also a very capable return man." - NFL Draft Bible

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