Film Study and Breakdown: Trevor Reilly



And then there were 12.

After weeks and months of endless analysis and predictions, the dust has finally settled. No more watching the "experts" mock Odell Beckham, Marquise Lee and Brandin Cooks into the #18 slot time and time again. No more watching analysts parrot each other until they're blue in the face, calling for John Idzik to trade up and trade down and draft 12 receivers and... anyway. It's over.

What we have now is- well, no one seems to know. We all know the hard-hitting safety with the great dreads out of Louisville. We all know the prolific pass-catching tight end from Texas Tech. Everyone's watched Tajh Boyd throw passes to Sammy Watkins. Aside from that, however, its pretty cloudy. Dexter Mcdougle? Quincy Enunwa? IK Enemkpali?

Why weren't we talking about all of these guys before the draft?

The reason we've never heard of most of these guys is simple: we aren't getting paid to be fans. No one has time to break down every draft eligible player on their own. After the draft, however, the sample size shrinks to a much more manageable number, and we can decide for ourselves how well Idzik and Rex did in the 2014 NFL Draft. Follow along for a film breakdown of each of the 12 newest members of the New York Football Jets, starting with Trevor Reilly, and ending with The Louisville Slugger.

Utah OLB Trev
or Reilly: 231st Overall


Age: 26

6'5" 245 lbs.

2012 Honorable Mention All-Pac-12

2013 First Team All-Pac-12

2013: 100 Tackles, 16.5 TFL, 9.0 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF

Career: 235 Tackles, 37.5 TFL, 20.5 Sacks, 2 INT, 8 FF

Pro Day Results (Injured at Combine):

40 Time: 4.66-4.75

Broad Jump: 9'9"

Vertical: 30.5"

225 lb. Bench Press: 26 reps

Stanford- October 12, 2013

Notable Plays:

Slow read, slow reaction at 1:47- His read is the fullback, who immediately pass protects. After hesitating, he shows very little burst in moving towards the QB. A better athlete makes that play every time.

Gets stonewalled one-on-one at 2:26

Steps over a poor cut block at 4:46, good effort to finish the play and disrupt the QB

Tough football play at 5:51, sticks his helmet into the leading fullback and holds his ground

Initially beats his man inside at 6:53, but then he "gives his back" to the lineman and gets washed out of the play

USC- October 26, 2013

Notable Plays:

Gets stonewalled one-on-one at 1:40, 6:28, 7:25, 8:30, 9:37

Times blitz perfectly and wraps up well on second play of the game

Gets his head on the ball and forces fumble at 1:47

Great first step, good acceleration "around the corner" at 4:04

Unbelievable timing and good wrap-up at 4:17

Briefly turns into Von Miller at 4:32, flashing a disgusting spin move and leaving the QB no chance (note the acceleration towards the QB after the spin)

Good first step, gets a half sack on the overload blitz at 4:54

Holds his ground, keeps an arm free to tackle at 7:51

Good second effort at 10:21

The Low Down

Pass Rushing

Good first step. Impeccable timing on the snap count. Crafty pass rusher, quickly recognizes the weak spot when blitzing inside. Occasionally flashes acceleration around the corner. Better inside blitzer than edge rusher. Rarely beats the tackle one-on-one when edge rushing. Limited arsenal of pass rushing moves. Attempts to bull rush, but lacks the necessary power and leverage. Fights to the end of every play.

Coverage/Run Defense

Great energy and effort. Good awareness- locates the ball immediately and tracks it down. Always around the football. Fearless, but inconsistent edge-setter. Can be overwhelmed by big blockers. Plays high at times. Good wrap-up tackler. Capable of the big hit. Drops back into coverage frequently from both linebacker and defensive end positions. Stiff-hipped in zone coverage.


"Speed" and "power" are not the first words that come to mind when watching Trevor Reilly. He was never the best athlete on the field at Utah, although he was certainly one to be accounted for. His 40 time and his bench reps are surprising after watching the film: he plays a little slower than he times and he gets pushed around often by offensive linemen.

Reilly played his best football in the biggest games for Utah- he collected 5 sacks in a three game stretch against USC, Arizona State, and Oregon. Reilly played both defensive end and outside linebacker at Utah, and he was a Swiss Army Knife in that defense.


A high energy, high effort player with good football instincts and a nose for the ball, Reilly put up solid numbers in the Pac-12. His measurables are adequate to impressive for a linebacker. He could struggle to overcome his lack of a dominant athletic trait against NFL linemen. He did not win one-on-one battles as an edge rusher in college, and he won't in the pros. His age is also cause for concern, as his body was more developed than his peers in college. Reilly was well respected by his teammates and coaches, and is everything you look for in terms of character and integrity.

RexRules Verdict

With great intangibles, production, and solid measurables, this former team captain was well worth a 7th round pick.

What do you think? Does Trevor Reilly have a future with the New York Jets?

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