Jordan Reed recorded a team-high 45 catches for 559 yards and three touchdowns for Florida last season. (Phil Sandlin/AP)
After making a move to help their secondary in the second round of the NFL draft, the Washington Redskins used their third-round pick on Florida tight end Jordan Reed.
A 6-foot-2, 236-pound redshirt junior, Reed recorded a team-high 45 catches for 559 yards and three touchdowns for the Gators last season.
Washington opted to add another member to a tight end unit that includes Fred Davis, Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul. Davis, however, is coming off of a torn Achilles’ tendon, and Paulsen lacks elite speed and explosiveness. Paul last season converted from wide receiver to tight end. Davis re-signed this offseason to one-year deal, while Paulsen re-signed a three-year deal in March.
Reed possesses the versatility to line up at multiple spots, whether as a tight end on the line, an H-back or split out wide as a receiver.
He draws comparisons to New England’s Aaron Hernandez. His junior season didn’t end on the best note, however as he was benched in the Sugar Bowl for attitude problems.
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