Kendall Reyes 2012 NFL Draft prospect notes

Kendall Reyes
6'4, 303 pounds | Defensive line | Connecticut

First word:
This is going to be a very glowing first word on Reyes as I was really impressed with this play.  The NFL is always looking for defensive linemen with versatility.  This allows them to have a steady rotation of play makers and options in case of injury.

Kendall Reyes offers a lot of versatility and playmaking ability.  He has good size and weight distribution that will allow him to hold up on the interior.  Reyes combines that size with good athletic ability.  He has a quick first step and explodes into the line creating a powerful jolt.  This jolt helps him gain leverage which allows him push the pocket and make plays on the football.  A major positive to Reyes' game is his ability to both play two gap football and penetrate the pocket.  Evaluators are going to love his effort and motor.

The versatility Reyes offers puts him in play for teams running both a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme.  He has the quickness and suddenness to play 3 technique and the anchor ability to the 5 technique position.  An area that needs improvement is remaining low throughout the play.  He has a tendency to raise his pad level as the play develops.

Overall, Reyes is an excellent defensive line prospect with the potential to make an impact in the NFL.  His disruptive style of play will gain the attention of NFL teams.

Bold statement: Reyes will make a good run at being a 1st round pick.

Games viewed: South Florida ('10), Pittsburgh ('10), Oklahoma ('10)

Kendall Reyes
6'4, 303 pounds | Defensive line | Connecticut

Notes:

  • Reyes is a well put together individual with good size and weight distribution
  • He possesses good quickness and fluid motions
  • Reyes does a great job firing off the football and exploding into the offensive line
  • His ability to keep his pad level low helps him gain and maintain leverage
  • He delivers a powerful punch creating some space between him and the lineman
  • Reyes has a strong base allowing him to hold at the point of attack and play two gap football
  • For his size, he displays surprising quickness and short area burst
  • He is a hard worker and constantly fights to maintain leverage
  • His high motor helps him purse the ball and make plays down the field
  • Reyes has excellent awareness and is always a threat to tip the ball at the line
  • He has quick, violent, and explosive hands that helps him disengage from blocks
  • Reyes is an explosive player with the ability to create pressure
  • His passing rushing arsenal allows him to keep linemen off guard
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