NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Kendall Reyes, Connecticut – UCONN
Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Kendall Reyes
Kendall Reyes, Connecticut – UCONN
6’4″, 299 lbs
3-sport Captain in H.S. (football, basketball, track)
4.95 40-yard dash
4.53 20-yard shuttle
7.43 3-cone drill
9.42′ long jump
34.5″ vertical jump
36 bench press reps
News & Notes:
Reyes played in every game and started 42 over four years at UCONN, earning a starting job towards the end of his freshman season. A two-time All-Big East selection, Reyes played mostly DT for the Huskies. Did not accumulate a lot of sacks (11.5) playing inside, but was stout against the run and did consistantly provide inside pressure on the QB. As one would expect, with his height, long arms and vertical jump, he knocked down 10 passes for the Huskies.
What they’re saying about him:
Wes Bunting (National Football Post): Needs to win with his first step as a pass rusher at this stage. Exhibits the burst to threaten gaps and/or cross the face of a blocker and make his way into the backfield. Is a gifted athlete who can stunt inside and exhibits good closing range in space. Gets upright into contact off the ball at times. However, he has the skill set, to rush the passer… Displays some natural talent and did a better job at Senior Bowl playing with a lower pad level. If he can continue to play lower should be able to fight for a starting role in both a 34 or 43 scheme as a three or five technique.
Frank Cooney (CBS Sports): Reyes played both end and tackle in college and didn’t impress scouts as a pass-rush threat until he outplayed some of the best offensive linemen in the country at the Senior Bowl. He has good short-area quickness and will win most fights in a phone booth.
NFL Combine: Reyes has a motor inside and relies more on his feet and technique to beat guys. He is a good player to insert in different slants and stunts inside based on schemes that commonly use these tactics. Reyes will be a reliable and strong player at the next level who consistently displays high effort and rarely gets completely blocked inside; he is always able to make just enough of a play to make a difference.
- Very agile for a man his size.
- Moves and tracks the ball very well along the line of scrimmage.
- Rarely gets moved backwards against the run. Holds his ground or gets penetration.
- Doesn’t have a fast first step, but once going, plays at high speed and closes well on the ball.
- Assists on a lot of tackles on the perimeter for an interior lineman.
- I really like him as a 3-4DE that can play strong and also pressure the QB (ala Cullen Jenkins)
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