UVA’s Joe Reed picked by Chargers, teammate Bryce Hall selected by Jets


A pair of Virginia football players were picked up by NFL teams in the fifth round of the 2020 draft.

UVA wide receiver and kick returner Joe Reed was the 151st overall pick by the Los Angeles Chargers. Minutes later, teammate and cornerback Bryce Hall was taken by the New York Jets as the 158th overall pick.

Reed (6-foot-0, 224 pounds) joins a wide receiving corps led by Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The Virginia native appeared in 48 career games for the Cavaliers, catching 129 passes for 1,465 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Last season, Reed led Virginia with 77 catches for 679 yards and seven touchdowns. He also returned two kickoffs for touchdowns and was named first-team All-ACC as both a return specialist and all-purpose player. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Reed ran a 4.47 40-yard dash.

Hall was considered to be a first-round draft pick after the 2018 season but he chose to come back to Charlottesville for his senior campaign. He suffered an ankle injury early in the 2019 season and was diagnosed with an ankle fracture-dislocation that included torn ligaments.

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