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SI's Peter King reports that the Ravens had "reliable information" that the Patriots would try to draft Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds in Rd. 6 before Baltimore beat them to it.

Baltimore plucked Reynolds with the No. 182 overall pick. New England had a pair of sixth-rounders later in the stanza. King reports that the Ravens will likely as Reynolds to be an "all-purpose weapon ... returning, rushing, receiving, sort of a latter-day Antwaan Randle-El ... receiver/returner, and maybe a direct-snap back." GM Ozzie Newsome and assistant GM Eric DeCosta found out that Reynolds was learning how to return from Brian Mitchell, one of the all-time greats at it. HC John Harbaugh called Mitchell, a former player, and was told that Reynolds "could be a gifted returner." The rest was history.
Source: MMQB
May 3 - 10:46 PM

Chargers signed Navy FB Chris Swain.

Swain (6'0/249) was a three-year starter for Navy, serving as the thunder to dual-threat QB Keenan Reynolds' lightning. Swain finished his career with 410/2,176/19 (5.3 YPC) rushing but just two catches. He turned in fullback-level measurables at Navy's Pro Day, running 4.72 with a 9-foot-2 broad jump. The Chargers also added Wisconsin FB Derek Watt in the sixth round.
May 3 - 2:23 PM

Ravens selected Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds with the No. 182 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Reynolds (5'10/190) was a prolific dual-threat quarterback at Navy, finishing fifth in Heisman voting as a senior and setting FBS career records in rushing touchdowns (88) and points scored (530). Snubbed for a Combine invite, Reynolds turned in a solid Pro Day showing 4.57 speed with a 37-inch vertical and 10-foot broad jump. NFL scouts were mixed on Reynolds' next-level position, with some forecasting him at tailback, others slot receiver, and others still defensive back. Reynolds said on ESPN the Ravens plan to try him at receiver and punt returner.
Apr 30 - 3:59 PM

ESPN Patriots beat reporter Mike Reiss predicts the team will select Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds "earlier than expected."

"They've spent a lot of resources scouting Reynolds, including multiple visits from coach Bill Belichick, and the combination of Reynolds' skill set, strong personal character and Navy background make him an obvious fit, perhaps in a Julian Edelman-type situation (circa 2009)," he wrote. This connection has been made throughout the process. When is earlier than expected? Round 5 sounds about right.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 27 - 1:26 PM

Navy edge rusher Will Anthony's "productivity is such that if he is given a chance he will likely take advantage of it," writes Pro Football Focus' Kevin Connaghan.

PFF dug deep for this sleeper, though they don't see it that way. Anthony, you see, was graded the No. 5 3-4 DE in this class by PFF last season after posting seven sacks and 41 total pressures. He also played the run well and was "a constant nuisance", grading positively in each game. "Size alone will force Anthony to the outside at the pro level, and his lack of burst likely limits him to a role as a base defensive end," Connaghan wrote. Anthony lacks measurables and must honor prior commitments to the Navy, but he'd make for a nice priority free agent signing.
Apr 16 - 11:29 AM

The Titans asked Navy RB/WR Keenan Reynolds to work out at four positions on Friday.

Tennessee traveled to the Naval Academy to work Reynolds out privately. "I got a pretty equal spread across all those positions with the Titans," Reynolds said. "The feedback was all positive -- they had good things to say about the way I performed -- we'll just have to see what happens." The four positions weren't specified, but we'd assume they're the same ones that he worked out at during his Pro Day workout: quarterback, running back, receiver and punt returner. It's also possible the Titans tried Reynolds out at corner, but he's probably too small and slow to make that transition.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 11 - 7:03 PM

Navy RB Kennan Reynolds was named the co-winner of the 2016 Sullivan Award.

Reynolds shares the honor with UConn women's basketball player Breanna Stewart. The Sullivan Award is handed out annually to amateur athletes who display the virtues of character, leadership and sportsmanship. The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Reynolds fits that bill well enough. In response to the award, he said, "I would like to thank my family, the coaching staff, my teammates, the Naval Academy Athletic Association, the Naval Academy administration, the Brigade of Midshipmen and the entire Naval Academy family for all the support they have provided me over the last four years. Winning this award is the cherry on top of a great four years." Reynolds could be a late-round selection in this spring's draft. While he played quarterback at Navy, he is expected to transition to either slot wide receiver or running back once he hits the NFL.
Apr 10 - 6:14 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds is at peace with a potential NFL position change, saying, "It doesn't bother me if I don't play quarterback anymore."

"I certainly do believe I can be an NFL quarterback. But it's a matter of, who wants to see me at that position? And whatever they want to see me as, that's what I am going to be doing," Reynolds said, adding, "Whatever I can do to be a successful member of a team, to help them win, it's OK with me." The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder is a potential slot receiver or running back at the next level. Reynolds indicated that most of the teams he has spoken with have talked to him about a transition to receiver. CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler believes he could be selected in the later rounds of the draft, but a scout who spoke to ESPN referred to Reynolds as a "free-agent project," rather than a true draft-worthy commodity.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 10 - 2:30 PM

CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler wrote that Navy RB Keenan Reynolds' "workout might get him drafted in the later rounds."

Brugler noted that Reynolds "did a nice job with his route-running from the backfield and in the slot" during his positional work on March 30 (it was an extension of his earlier Pro Day, as he still needed to finish off drills after suffering a hamstring injury on the actual Pro Day). He also cited Reynolds' "sterling intangibles." You should expect to hear phrases like that tossed about left and right should the Navy magician fight his way into the later rounds in Chicago. What remains unknown, though, is exactly what position he might play at the next level. Running back and slot receiver have both been bandied about by analysts as legitimate options for interested NFL teams. He has worked out at quarterback, receiver, running back and defensive back.
Source: CBS Sports
Apr 8 - 10:31 PM

During NFL Network's Path to the Draft program, analyst Charles Davis compared Navy RB Keenan Reynolds to Brian Mitchell.

Davis noted that like Reynolds, Mitchell found incredible success as a quarterback at Louisiana-Lafayette. He then had to shift his focus for the NFL. Said Davis, "[The Redskins] made [Mitchell] a running back but where he really had his best value was as a kick and punt returner, and his name litters the NFL record book with the damage he did." Reynolds participated in drills as a quarterback, running back, wideout and defensive back during his workouts on March 30 and while NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes that his future lies as a slot receiver, Davis views it differently, saying, "I know some people see him as a slot receiver. I see him as a [running back] and I think he can learn how to return kicks and give himself some added value."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 7 - 10:34 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds finished his Pro Day positional drills in an extra session on March 30.

Reynolds' initial Pro Day had been held earlier in March, but he tweaked his hamstring while running the 40-yard dash and was unable to complete his positional workout. Thus, the second Pro Day-ish entity a few weeks later. According to NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt, the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder worked out at an impressive four different positions on Wednesday -- quarterback, running back, defensive back and wide receiver. Brandt sees slot wide receiver as his best position for the next level. The analyst also described Reynolds as having "off-the-charts leadership" qualities. In late March, ESPN's Mike Reiss reported that the Patriots were devoting many a resource to scouting Reynolds. Don't be surprised if they shoot for the Navy superstar around the sixth round, where they hold a bevy of picks.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 3 - 1:05 PM

The Patriots are investing plenty of draft resources in Navy QB Keenan Reynolds, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.

"It reminded me a little bit of how the team approached the 2009 scouting of Kent State quarterback/receiver Julian Edelman," Reiss said. Bill Belichick met with Reynolds in February, tight ends coach Brian Daboll installed part of the offense with the running back projection and special teams coach Ray Ventrone "followed up" after that. The Patriots have a handful of sixth round selections, so look for one to be used on Reynolds.
Source: ESPN
Mar 28 - 8:39 AM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds recorded a 4.56 40-yard dash during Friday's Pro Day.

While Reynolds' 4.56-second 40-yard dash was nice enough, perhaps his most impressive work came in the weight room. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound former-quarterback showcased unexpected strength in managing 15 reps on the bench press. In addition to those marks, he also turned in a vertical jump of 37.5 inches and a broad jump of an even 10 feet. A hamstring tweak sustained during that first run of the 40 prevented him from running it a second time. "It's kind of frustrating for it to happen on a big day, but I'll be fine in a few days," Reynolds said, adding, "I've got a couple more workouts coming up so I'll stretch it out and get ready for those." NFL squads are looking to implement Reynolds as a possible running back or slot receiver, with return man also in play for his future.
Mar 19 - 6:28 PM

Pro Football Focus' Jordan Plocher believes Navy RB Keenan Reynolds was robbed of a combine invite.

The industry consensus is that Reynolds is one of the biggest snubs from the Indy scouting event in this class. According to Plocher, Reynolds was deprived the opportunity because he played in a service academy option offense and is switching positions (either running back or slot wide receiver). "While Navy’s option attack isn’t close to an NFL offense we felt that Reynolds should have been a Heisman contender for his high level of production on a weekly basis," he wrote. "He isn’t the biggest, strongest or fastest running back but he runs with an instinctive feel for finding creases and space and he was an incredibly productive rusher at Navy. Reynolds would have been interesting to watch compete with the running backs group at the combine." NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Reynolds shares similarities with New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman.
Feb 15 - 2:32 PM

Navy RB Keenan Reynolds was not invited to the NFL Combine.

Since Reynolds is an undersized player making a position switch, this isn't necessarily surprising news. Considering his profile and work ethic, however, one would have assumed Reynolds had purchased a bit more leash from the NFL. "The former Navy quarterback is trying to convert to running back and/or return specialist -- whatever it takes to get a shot at the NFL -- but he'll have to wait until his pro day event to show scouts what he's capable of in the 40-yard dash and other agility drills," wrote NFL.com's Chad Reuter. "He looked good early in the week of East-West Shrine Game practices until a back injury sidelined him." NFL Network's Mike Mayock believes Reynolds shares similarities with New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman. Unfortunately, Reynolds won't get his chance to work out of the slot in Indianapolis.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 7:36 PM


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