If you’ve been following Andy Reid drafts over the years, you know he loves gimmicky players. Small, shifty guys who can operate in space and cause matchup nightmares. Initially, Brian Westbrook was drafted to be a change of pace back, not the superstar workhorse he ended up becoming.
Ryan Moats and Lorenzo Booker were failed experiments, but that doesn’t mean Reid will suddenly shy away from plucking another toy from the ranks. One of the more dynamic and enticing players available this year is Mississippi running back/wide receiver Dexter McCluster.
A mighyt mite at 5’8″ 175 pounds, McCluster plays much bigger than his size. He’s an explosive talent who hits holes fast and hard. With 130 career receptions, he also fits the mold of running back preferred in the Reid offense.
Durability is obviously a major concern, but with Shady, Bell and Weaver getting the bulk of the carries, he could be used sparingly just as Westbrook was as a rookie. Move him around the formation and let him work his magic. He’s raw, but does possess tremendous upside (draft lingo).
Investing a second-round pick seems risky, considering the defensive needs on this team. However, if her were to slip into the third, I could envision Reid/Roseman adding another shiny play thing for their bag o’ tricks. DeSean and Dexter on the field together would make defenses shiver.