This TCU star is projected to be a high first-round pick in next year’s NFL Draft

The TCU football program has produced plenty of NFL players, especially in the Gary Patterson era.

Defensive end L.J. Collier became the fourth first-round selection in the last decade under Patterson, joining Josh Doctson (2016), Jason Verrett (2014) and Jerry Hughes (2010). Before Hughes’ selection, TCU’s only other first-round pick this century was Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson (2001).

But TCU has never had consecutive first-round picks in the NFL Draft’s modern era (1967 and on). That could change in 2020.

Junior-to-be Jalen Reagor is rated as one of the top wide receivers in the 2020 class, and is projected as a first-round pick by The Athletic’s Dane Brugler.

In his admittedly way-too-early 2020 mock draft, Brugler has the Jacksonville Jaguars taking Reagor with the 14th overall pick.

Brugler writes, “While he doesn’t have ideal size for a receiver drafted this early, Reagor just makes plays. His speed is a difference-making trait, as he shifts gears to keep defenders off-balance mid-route and hits his top speed to pull away from pursuit.”

Reagor, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and weighs 195 pounds, is coming off a standout sophomore season in which he had 1,061 yards receiving with nine touchdowns on 72 receptions. Those numbers are more impressive considering TCU played four quarterbacks last season.

He also rushed for two TDs.

Reagor is known as one of the top draft-eligible receivers for next year’s class, although it’s too early to know whether he’d leave early or return for a senior season.

Either way, Reagor stacks up well with other top receivers in the 2020 class. Brugler had just two receivers going before Reagor in his mock draft, including Alabama’s Jerry Jeudy (No. 8 overall) and Colorado’s Laviska Shenault (12th overall).

Brugler also had Oklahoma’s CeeDee Lamb (No. 22 overall) and Clemson’s Tee Higgins (No. 29 overall) as first-round selections.

Clearly, the 2020 wide receiver class is much deeper than the 2019 draft. Oklahoma’s Marquise “Hollywood” Brown was the first WR taken in last weekend’s draft, going 25th overall to Baltimore, followed by Arizona’s N’Keal Harry going 32nd overall to New England.

If Reagor, or another TCU player, goes in the first-round next year, it’ll make the program’s first consecutive first-round picks since 1960-61 with Jack Spikes (sixth overall, 1960) and Bob Lilly (13th overall, 1961).

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