Reggie Roberson is that mismatch/gadget player when at his best, a return specialist capable of playing out wide and out of the slot while being worked into space through the scheme. That’s where Roberson thrived in his role at SMU, an excellent RAC player once he could get to space. Robertson fits the mold of a Sean McVay-scheme receiver and his versatility could prove to be very useful to most NFL teams.
Reggie Roberson Jr
Z WR – #21 Southern Methodist
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Horn (Sarahsville, OH)
HS Rating: 3 star (0.8524)
Phil Steele: PS#115
Reggie Roberson Scouting Report
An electric athlete who returned punts for SMU. Excellent speed was utilized as the deep threat at SMU. Smooth cutback ability. Excellent at changing his direction slightly and throwing defenders off his pursuit. Very smooth body control. Excellent athlete with a large variety of moves at his disposal. Accelerates very well. Very explosive athlete.
I don’t see great ability to work through timing concepts. Struggles with his feet at the top of his breaks when working back toward the football. Does not release well off of press coverage. Can win positioning, but doesn’t deal with the physicality well. Flashes the ability to work the sideline well. Shows good hands consistently. Struggles to catch well through contact.
Excellent deep threat. Capable of stretching the field on any given play. From serving as a return specialist, Roberson has the field vision to be electric after the catch. Shows decent contact balance, especially against smaller defensive backs. Better-than-average run blocker. Doesn’t always try very hard, but holds onto his block alright.
What we want to see from Reggie Roberson in Mobile
- We would love to see how Reggie Roberson plans to consistently beat press-man coverage. He struggled a good bit when he saw it against Houston this year, both with releases and catching the ball through contact. We’d like to see that he’s working on positioning and protecting the catch point in Mobile.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Reggie Roberson has the excellent ability as a return specialist and provides value immediately there for an NFL team. While his role in an NFL offense is questionable, a good scheme fit for Roberson, a west coast/spread-infused style, for example, would make him a reliable backup immediately and potentially a starter with the proper development.
We like Roberson as a fourth/fifth-round prospect with limited upside as a receiver. We think that most of Roberson’s NFL production will stem from his special team’s work. That being said, teams will like his speed and run-after-catch ability and move to develop him offensively.