LA Chargers 2020 NFL Draft value rankings: 3. Joe Reed
Joe Reed has an excellent name and out of every rookie that was taken in the 2020 NFL Draft by the Chargers, he is by far the frontrunner for the first jersey that I am going to buy, for obvious reasons.
Joe Reed was not someone who was connected to the Chargers much heading into the draft and it appeared as if most fans did not know what Reed was bringing to the table out of the fifth round. While I do think his skill set is limited to certain situations and selecting another receiver solidifies that, I really like this selection.
Reed is a phenomenal athlete that was one of the best receivers in the entire draft in making tacklers miss in the open space. He is a threat at any point of the field with the ball in his hand and could play slot receiver, running back and is an excellent kick and punt returner.
While he is not the most polished route-runner, he also has sure hands and can be a deep threat, especially as a WR3 or WR4.
The reason I like the Reed selection so much is that he is going to open up the playbook immensely for the Chargers. From screens to end-around to however the team can get creative with him and Austin Ekeler, Reed is going to be the team’s gadget play weapon, something they have not really had in the past.
At the very least, Reed is going to provide fireworks. I don’t think he is going to have the most impressive stats at the end of his rookie year, but his impact will be felt.