Jayden Reed started his college career at Western Michigan in 2018 and immediately led the team in receptions (56), yards (797), and touchdowns (8) on a team that had future NFL second-rounder D'Wayne Eskridge. After the 2018 season, Reed opted to transfer to Michigan State and sat out the 2019 season due to NCAA rules. In his first season at Michigan State, he led the team in receptions (33) and finished second in receiving (407) behind future NFL draft pick, Jalen Nailor. The following season saw Reed surpass 1000 yards receiving and score 10 touchdowns. In his senor season, he took a backseat to Keon Coleman, finishing with 55 receptions for 636 receiving yards and 5 touchdowns. Reed also showcased return ability in college, most notable as a punt returner where he averaged 15.3 yards per return and scored three touchdowns on 38 punt returns.
After putting together a decent combine, he was selected in the second round of the NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers, who, outside of Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, have little depth at pass catching positions. Reed will be tasked to occupy the slot role for the new look Packers offense, where he can hope to become a key threat to the opposing defense, and become a reliable target for incumbent quarterback Jordan Love.