TOJ Draft Pick Breakdown – DE/OLB Trevor Reilly

TOJ Staff Writer Dalbin Osorio continues our breakdown of the New York Jets draft picks with DE/OLB Trevor Reilly.

Continuing our breakdown of the 2014 New York Jets draft picks, Dalbin Osorio takes a look at 7th round pick Trevor Reilly. Here is a closer look at Calvin Pryor and Dexter McDougle

Position: DE/OLB
Height: 6’5”
Weight: 245 LBS
40 Time: 4.66
Vertical: 30.5”
Broad Jump: 9’9”
225 LB Reps: 26
Projected Round: 3rd-4th
2013-2014 Stats: 100 total tackles, 16.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble

Strengths: Reilly was mocked by many in the 3rd – 5th round range leading up to the draft after putting together an impressive final season at Utah. Reilly has exciting athleticism and good side to side agility. He also has a consistent ability to shed blockers. His ability to track the ball carrier and close in pursuit is notable. Reilly is versatile and can play with his hand on the ground or standing up as a rush linebacker. He is a tough player as it was revealed that he played all of his junior year with a torn ACL. Reilly seems surprisingly comfortable in space, which is rare to see from a DE. He has experience lining up at inside linebacker.

Weaknesses: Reilly may struggle to consistently get by NFL offensive lineman, as he lacks top end strength or speed and is without a go to pass rush move to rely on. Reilly also underwent a knee scope on the same knee that he tore his ACL on in 2012. His first step, while playing with his hand on the ground, is a little inconsistent. He is already 26 years old.

Best Case Scenario: Works into rotation at outside linebacker/defensive end and is coached up by Dunbar/Rex into a 7th round steal.

Worst Case Scenario: Can’t beat out Garrett McIntyre as a situational rusher and special teams contributor, doesn’t make 53 man roster.

Analysis: I loved the pick of Reilly in the 7th round. Anytime you can get a 3rd – 5th round prospect in the 7th, especially with no character concerns, you do it. I think he’s a guy that can come in and contribute right away on special teams and as a situational player. He showed that he can consistently rush the passer and get into the backfield to cause disruption. His versatility, especially with playing ILB, could allow Rex to use him in formations with Demario Davis because of their speed. A formation of Reilly, Antwan Barnes, Coples, and Davis would showcase the fastest group of linebackers Rex has ever had under him. I think he makes the 53 man roster easily and develops into a contributor for the Jets.

Author: Dalbin Osorio

Dalbin Osorio is a Case Planner for Graham-Windham, New York's oldest child welfare agency. He is, also, a student at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. Dalbin graduated from Monroe College with a degree in Business Administration. A 3 sport utility man in high school (think a mix of Jerome WIlliams, Brad Smith, and Jayson Nix), he joined TOJ in 2013.