6th round target: Joe Reed- WR, Virginia
Why would he be a good value for the NY Giants in the 6th round? If Joe Judge truly values versatility, the front office should target Joe Reed in the later rounds. Reed was a weapon for the Virginia Cavaliers as a kick returner (2 TDs) and receiver (77 catches and 7 TDs) in 2019. He is also that “big body” receiver that the Giants are lacking.
At 224 pounds, the Virginia Cavalier is a beast with the ball in his hands. The NY Giants could use him as a gadget player on offense, since he is very effective taking handoffs on reverses. As a high school running back, Reed scored 38 touchdowns and amassed 2100 yards in the state of Virginia.
What does he excel at? Joe Reed is one of the best special teams players in the 2020 NFL draft. Not only can he return kicks, the Cavalier is excellent at covering kicks as well. Reed ran a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine, which would make him an effective gunner on punts.
As a receiver, he is effective at adjusting to the ball and is very difficult to bring down after the catch. His compact build and tough style of running can make him an interesting weapon for Jason Garrett.
Why the NY Giants might hesitate: Reed had few explosive plays that were not catch-and-run, and Garrett probably wants receivers that can beat teams vertically. There has even been talk of Reed becoming a running back-convert. Wideout is not a pressing need for the G-Men, and Corey Coleman was resigned as a promising kick returner.
Personal excitement level if drafted: (5.5/10) Reed seems like the kind of player that Judge could fall in love with during the pre-draft process. He would be an excellent value in the sixth round, but there are plenty of receivers in this draft that are better at getting open.
Player Comparison: Cordarrelle Patterson
Likelihood he will fall to pick #183 : (4/10)