DFW 2016 ROOKIE PROFILE: RB Keenan Reynolds

RB Keenan Reynolds – Senior / 5-9 / 190 – NAVY

  • Reynolds finished 5th in Heisman voting in 2015
  • Even as a quarterback, Reynolds rushed 977 times in college — which is the 17th most ever in NCAA history
  • Led the NCAA with 31 rushing TDs in 2013 and leaves college with 88 rushing TDs, the most in college history and leaves with also the most total points (528) in NCAA history as well
  • First player in college history with over 5,000 yards passing and over 3,000 yards rushing
  • Despite playing at quarterback in college (essentially running back), Reynolds is expected to play running back at the next level (but could potentially be a slot receiver)
  • Worked out at quarterback, running back, receiver and punt returner during his Pro Day workout
  • Has an off-the-chart work ethic and tremendous leadership skills with extremely high-character and Reynolds is an easily coachable player (Reynolds was the 2016 Pat Tillman Award winner, which is given annually to the player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service, both on and off the field)
  • Shifty, quick and elusive, Reynolds a tough guy to tackle
  • Reynolds can also contribute on punt and kickoff returns
  • Could potentially have impact as a wildcat quarterback in select packages
  • Played in the Navy’s service academy option offense so it’s hard to put his numbers into true context
  • No experience in a Pro-Style offense
  • Lacks an ideal running back frame and lower-body thickness and isn’t someone who broke many tackles in college
  • After playing quarterback, Reynolds has only one career catch in college and as thus is completely unproven as a pass-catcher (although by all accounts, Reynolds has soft and dependable hands)
  • The Secretary of the Navy will ultimately make the decision on Reynolds’ immediate NFL availability versus his five-year service commitment but as it is good PR for the Navy most belief they will not block him from playing football right away while he is in his athletic prime (players from the armed forces academies are eligible to postpone their commitment if they’re granted a delay due to professional sports opportunities — the Navy makes those decisions on a case-by-case basis)
  • Reynolds’ number #19 was retired by the Naval Academy, joining Roger Staubach (#12), Joe Bellino (#27) and Napoleon McCallum (#30) whose numbers have been retired by the school
  • Note that New England has shown a lot of interest in Reynolds, including Bill Belichick who made a person trip to the Naval Academy to see Reynolds in early April (Belichick of course has ties to the Naval Academy with his father having coached there for 34 years)
  • COMBINE UPDATE: Reynolds didn’t receive a Combine invite, and which is considered one of the bigger Combine snubs (especially for a player with his records and having finished 5th in the 2015 Heisman voting). Reynolds though performed extremely well at the Navy Pro Day, where scouts from 18 different NFL teams showed up (and mainly to see him perform). Reynolds posted a 4.56 second time in the Forty-Yard-Dash — but it would have been faster as he tweaked his hamstring in the home stretch of his first run (and wasn’t able to run a second time). Reynolds was impressive in other drills including a 37.5” Vertical Jump and a 10’ Broad Jump, both of which would have been near the top among running backs at the Combine.
  • 2016 OUTLOOK: TBD