The above video should serve two purposes for Green Bay Packers and NFL Draft fans. One is to see current Packer and 2013 draft choice Johnathan Franklin in action. The other is to provide analysis of Ed Reynolds, a safety prospect from Stanford and a member of the 2014 draft class.
Footage is from the 2012 Pac-12 Championship game between UCLA and Stanford.
The video should serve as a reminder as to why the Packers selected Franklin a year ago. In the most meaningful game of the season for UCLA, Franklin rushed the ball 19 times for 194 yards and two touchdowns, averaging over 10 yards per carry.
Many of those yards, however, came at the expense of Reynolds.
In our Cheesehead TV NFL Draft guide, Reynolds is ranked as my No. 15 overall safety—lower than most other outlets—and this video illustrates why.
If the casual fan were to watch this game without a critical eye and without focusing specifically on Reynolds, they'd very likely assume he had a great game. He had a pick-six that helped Stanford win a one-score ball game, claim the conference championship and earn a berth in the Rose Bowl.
But upon closer inspection, Reynolds flails on missing no fewer than five tackles on Franklin, leaving his feet and ending up on the ground on all five. Unfortunately for Reynolds, this is no exaggeration.
Times are for the video, not the game clock.
0:21 Reynolds makes contact with Franklin, fails to wrap up as Franklin breaks loose and gains a first down.
0:48 Reynolds makes a poor read resulting in taking a poor angle to Franklin, makes a diving attempt at a tackle and watches Franklin run over 50 yards for the touchdown.
1:32 Reynolds over-commits to Franklin going in motion, leaving the middle of the field open to quarterback Brett Hundley who runs for about 50 yards when Reynolds can't recover.
1:55 Reynolds misses an open-field tackle on Franklin, setting up first-and-goal.
2:15 Reynolds misses another open-field tackle on Franklin on a run that gained about 30 yards.
3:22 Reynolds again over-commits to a receiver going in motion, gets out of position and fails to tackle Franklin.
Reynolds' interception comes at 2:37 on a nice read in a Cover 2 zone. If it could be guaranteed he could come up with a pick-six every game, all these missed tackles and misreads could be overlooked. Unfortunately that's rarely the case.
Admittedly, this is the worst film on Reynolds. Nothing I watched before or after this game came close to looking this poorly.
But based on this game, Reynolds barely looks like he belongs on a major college football let alone an NFL one.
There are things to like about Reynolds, namely his six interceptions as a sophomore in 2012, three of them going for touchdowns. He couldn't keep pace as a junior, however, picking off just one pass.
He also has NFL bloodlines, his father playing safety in the league for a decade between the eighties and nineties.
But there's not enough evidence to show that Reynolds—at this point in his development—should be anything other than a late-round draft choice at best and would have been better served returning to Stanford for his senior season.
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