Matt Reynolds NFL Draft prospect notes

Matt Reynolds
6'6, 322 pounds | Offensive tackle | BYU

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Out of every junior considering the 2011 NFL Draft, few returnees came as close to jumping to the NFL than BYU left tackle Matt Reynolds.

Despite a nagging shoulder injury that eventually required surgery after last  season, Reynolds only gave up one sack, according to the university. Reynolds has been a starter nice his freshman season where he started 13 games.

Although Reynolds has been a left tackle throughout his career, he may be best suited in the NFL on the right side. Reynolds' game is similar to that of Levi Brown of the Arizona Cardinals. Like Brown, Reynolds has started a lot in college, has a big frame and a lot of strength.

Also like Brown, Reynolds projects to the right side because he's not the quickest lineman working to the outside. There's not a lot of explosion to Reynolds' game, but when he can anchor, he's very good.

Bold prediction: Offseason workouts and all-star games are going to negatively affect Reynolds' draft stock.

Games viewed: (All 2010) Washington, Florida State, Utah, UTEP

Matt Reynolds
6'6, 322 pounds | Offensive tackle | BYU

Notes:


• Has a body that's ready for the NFL right now. Is big in his upper body and Reynolds nows how to use his strength against power rushers.

• Will sometimes get high in his stance but generally plays with good knee bend to get power off the snap.

• Maintains a good stance and doesn't get knocked off balance easily.

• Where Reynolds struggles is getting to the edge in pass protection. He's a step slow and while that may be good enough at BYU, it will hurt him in the pros.

• Is much better when playing in a contained space instead of having to work a large area. Because of that, Reynolds may also have a future as an NFL guard.

• His arm measurements will be interesting and be one of the ultimate factors in where he gets drafted.

• Struggled at times in 2010 because of a lingering shoulder injury. The injury forced him to wear a should harness for part of the season. Still, Reynolds reportedly only allowed a single sack as a junior.

• Even following surgery, Reynolds' shoulder will face much scrutiny by NFL medical teams. He told the Deseret News that it "slipped out a couple of times" during the season.
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