2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut

by Cory J. Bonini on April 23, 2012 @ 17:12:28 PDT

 


Connecticut defensive lineman Kendall Reyes brings positional versatility to the 2012 NFL Draft. He has lined up at defensive end and, primarily, as an interior tackle for the Huskies.

Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
Versatile hard worker

Strengths

  • Size (6-foot-4 1/8, 299 pounds) allows for positional versatility
  • Agility for a big man
  • Does a good job of diagnosing plays
  • Quick, violent hands
  • Gets skinny when pressing the gap
  • Shows awareness to clog passing lanes by getting his hands up
  • Hard worker - two-time team captain
  • Durable with a strict workout and diet regimen
  • Respectable wrap-up tackler
  • Pretty good lower-body strength (evidenced by a 34 1/2-inch vertical jump)

Weaknesses

  • Lacks pass-rushing skills and repertoire of moves
  • Very inconsistent
  • Overwhelmed by more powerful linemen
  • Relies too much on his strength to generate a pass rush
  • Hasn't maximized his strength-leverage combination yet
  • Conditioning is suspect

Expected draft placement

Reyes displays enough ability and positional flexibility to have the makings of a solid second-round prospect. He isn't likely to go in the first round, and it is hard to imagine Reyes falling out of the third.

He should draw the most interest from the Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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