With the 151st pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select... Joe Reed from the Virginia Cavaliers! Reed becomes the first Cavalier picked in the draft this year, ahead of what many experts projected to be in the sixth or seventh round, if at all.
The fifth pick of the fifth round, Reed somewhat surprisingly gets drafted ahead of assumed Virginia headliner Bryce Hall.
Reed, who owns the Virginia record for kick return attempts (106), return yardage (3,042), and season and career kick return touchdown totals (two and five, respectively), becomes the first wide receiver to be drafted since 2006, when Marques Hagans, now Reed’s wide receivers coach, was selected by the St. Louis Rams. Reed is just the third UVA WR to be drafted since 2000.
Reed was the team leader with 77 catches for 679 yards and seven touchdowns last year. He was named a multiple First Team All-American Kick Returner and recipient of the Jet Award, honoring the nation’s top return specialist.
With the pick, Virginia has now had a player drafted in each of the last three seasons, and 36 of the last 37 seasons, going back to 1984, only missing out in 2017.
Congratulations, Joe! You’re going to LA!!