Jayden Reed is the newest member of the Packers' revamped wide receiver corps. Reed finds himself in his new home of Green Bay, under the direction of head coach Matt LaFleur, hoping he can make an instant connection with new starting QB Jordan Love.
If you're wondering what the Packers saw in Reed to make him just their second second-round WR drafted in the last nine years, this is it:
Jayden Reed; Chi-Town's Finest
Jayden was born on April 28, 2000, in Chicago. Reed started his high school career at Metea Valley High School with future Michigan State teammate quarterback Payton Thorne. As a junior, Reed had 23 catches for 403 yards and four touchdowns.
He transferred to Naperville Central High School in his senior season and earned All-Conference honors after finishing high school with 60 receptions for 1,792 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Reed started his college career at Western Michigan in 2018. The Football Writers Association of America named him Freshman All-American after catching 56 passes for 797 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games played for the Broncos.
Jayden Reed Spartans Up
Reed transferred to Michigan State before the 2019 season. As a member of the Spartans, Reed blossomed into a dynamic playmaker both as a receiver and punt returner.
He totaled 147 receptions for 2,069 yards and 18 touchdowns as a receiver. Reed had 26 punt returns, averaging 14.1 yards, and two touchdowns as a punt returner. Reed earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors in back-to-back seasons (2021 and 2022.)
His standout performances at the Senior Bowl Combine and NFL Scouting Combine likely played into why Green Bay took him in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft.
Before the draft, this is what NFL Draft Analyst Lance Zierlein said about Reed:
"Utility wideout with the ability to take snaps at multiple receiver positions while offering both kickoff and punt return talent," Zierlein said. "Reed looks smaller in many of his matchups, but he is rarely deterred by size. He's too tight-hipped for stop-start routes on the tree, but he operates with good route speed and should improve his ability to separate with additional development and experience on the next level. His ball skills and feel for positioning on deep throws and jump balls are unquestioned. Limiting his focus drops on short and intermediate throws will be critical to becoming a long-term NFL contributor."
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