Joe Reed was another surprise selection by the LA Chargers as he was projected to go later in the draft but it makes sense in why the Chargers took him. Not only did the team need receiving depth desperately, but they also needed a reliable special teams player that could return kicks and punts.
They got both of that in Joe Reed. Reed was one of the best special teams players in the entire draft and is instantly going to provide a jolt on kick returns and punt returns.
He also has interesting potential in the offense in gadget plays as well. Reed is great with the football in his hand in making players miss and he is likely going to be used in a unique capacity on screen passes, end-arounds and even potentially at running back.
The one big concern with Reed is how much of an impact he can have in the passing game. He is athletic, but his route running needs work and he does not have the blow-you-away speed that can make him successful in the slot.
His hands are solid, he did not drop a pass over 20 yards with Virginia, but he is not going to be someone who constantly wins closely contested passes against cornerbacks.
Luckily, the Chargers do not really need Reed to be a big component in the passing game with all of the weapons on the team. However, if there are any injuries (which injuries will happen), his every-down capability will be tested.