Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes had a better 2010 campaign than he did as a senior, but possesses a prototype build and more than enough athletic ability to become a valuable contributor along an NFL defensive line.
The 6'4" 299-pound former Husky played both end and tackle and projects well as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL. Reyes may have saved some of his best work for the week of the Senior Bowl, where he made many coaches and scouts turn their heads by consistently outplaying some very talented offensive linemen.
What the Experts Are Saying:
A physically put together, long armed, athletic tackle. Exhibits the ability to coil up into his stance, keep his base down off the ball and exhibits an explosive first step. Routinely gets off the ball on time and into the chest plate of blockers quickly, exhibiting the natural power to hold the point inside when run at. Exhibits the first-step quickness and arm-over to threaten gaps off the ball, knife his way into the backfield and stop plays before they start. Breaks down well for a big guy and wraps solidly inside.
Reyes is a good all-around prospect, but doesn't display any jaw-dropping skills that make him attractive at the next level. He plays a bit underweight, and this can show up at times when going against double teams. Reyes will have a tough time getting into the backfield to disrupt or rush the passer at the next level.
While Reyes won't be an instant starter in the NFL, he is smart, coachable and a tireless worker who should be a valuable addition to a defensive line rotation right away.
The general consensus on Reyes is that he's a safe bet to be a contributor at the next level, but he's probably not going to make an immediate impact and is a long shot to become a star in the trenches. Nevertheless, the kid showed flashes of premier talent in his junior year and then rallied for a good showing at the Senior Bowl. If he can build on those efforts and improve with experience, the Chargers may have found themselves a hidden gem.