Tevin Reese: By the Numbers

By Nick Lee

Oct 19, 2013; Waco, TX, USA; Baylor Bears wide receiver Tevin Reese (16) during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Floyd Casey Stadium. The Bears defeated the Cyclones 71-7. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The last draft pick for the Chargers was the lightning quick wide receiver from Baylor, Tevin Reese. The 5’11” 163 pound Texas native had 4 good seasons for the Baylor Bears. He lined up against the Chargers’ first round pick, Jason Verrett on numerous occasions. I am here to dissect Tevin Reese’s numbers. They aren’t eye-popping, but they are impressive nonetheless.

For starters, he has been clocked at 4.31 in the 40 yard dash, but officially he is at 4.41. He can also get vertical, with a 41″ leap, but I have read numerous accounts of him jumping higher. He is a burner, something the Chargers need. His 2013 season was cut short due to a wrist injury, but he finished with 867 receiving yards with 8 touchdowns.

In his 4 years at Baylor, he accumulated 3,102 receiving yards on 187 receptions with 24 touchdowns. I always look to see if a guy has been battle tested.

Does he rise to the occasion in a big game? Last year, Reese torched Kansas State for 184 yards and 2 TD’s. In 2011 he had 163 yards against Mizzou. He also has racked up 120 yards against West Virginia. Not top-tier opponents, but the Big 12 is no cakewalk. He had 12 100+ yard games throughout his career. He has 4 career multi-touchdown games.  He does not have much experience in the return game, but Tom Telesco has hinted that they will try him out.

He definitely has the make up for a speedy returner. The Chargers finally addressed the need for a receiver. He will complement Keenan Allen. Overall, the Chargers had a good draft. They addressed the most blatant needs. Reese is a great addition and will give Philip Rivers another weapon, which is always a good thing.