DEEP FRIED DRAFT
215 attempts, 805 yards, 12 TD
44 receptions, 446 yards, 6 TD
75/145 1056 yards, 7 TD, 5 INT
Today we are going to look at a “Swiss Army Knife” player that has been underrated during the draft process. Reggie Bonnafon stayed home to play his college ball after a prep career at Trinity HS. He was rated as a three-star athlete. With the exception of Tight End, Bonnafon has played every skill position in his four-year career with the Cardinals. As a true freshman, he started five games as a quarterback. As a sophomore, Bonnafon played QB, RB, and wide receiver. With the ascent of Lamar Jackson, he moved to wide receiver for his junior campaign. Bonnafon only caught 13 passes but five of them were touchdowns. He converted to running back as a senior, averaging five yards per carry, scoring seven TDs.
2017: NC State, Florida State, Kentucky, Mississippi State (Bowl)
Do you remember that versatility we talked about earlier? That is also a detriment in some regards. Bonnafon is still raw as a runner. At 6’3”, he is abnormally tall for a ball carrier. He also runs upright, which is normally frowned upon. Bonnafon was never the “Go-To” guy at either RB or WR. He shows some elusiveness in the open field but it is not a huge part of his game. Bonnafon also needs to add some strength to his lower half.
Reggie Bonnafon is nowhere near reaching his potential. I believe if a team gives him starter-level snaps, you could see him reach that potential. Bonnafon has the tools necessary to be a three-down back. I called him a “middle-class man’s David Johnson” during the season and I am sticking with that. His lack of experience will keep his draft grade down for most. Bonnafon should be drafted in the 4th-5th round area but will likely be taken later than that (if taken at all).
Bonnafon is tremendously versatile. He is a selfless player. Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino called him the “Ultimate Team Player”. Bonnafon has soft, natural hands as a receiver. He is also a solid route runner. Bonnafon shows patience while waiting for the hole to develop. He accelerates quickly. Last spring, Bonnafon was timed running 4.4 in the forty with a 43” vertical (still waiting for Pro Day numbers). He is an adequate pass blocker. Bonnafon had zero fumbles in the five games I watched.
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