Prospect of the day: Connecticut DT Kendall Reyes
DT Kendall Reyes: No. 99 (6-4, 299)
A physically put together, long armed, athletic tackle with good girth through his lower half who looks stronger than his frame would indicate. 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. He extends his arms well and, despite not being the most violent of defenders when asked to shed, has some shiftiness in order to get off blocks and the range to make plays off his frame. I Would like to see him be a little more balanced routinely as a run defenders as he will lower his head into contact and allow his lower half to get upright on the play at times, allowing himself to be sealed off the snap. Plus, at times, he doesn’t find the football consistently inside. However, he 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.
Needs to win with his first step as a pass rusher at this stage. Exhibits the burst to threat 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. However, he doesn’t have a ton of suddenness when trying to slide blocks through contact or disengage. Gets upright into contact, isn’t overly violent with his arms and is more active trying to change angles with his legs and then close on the football. Isn’t the most natural of pass rushers at this stage and is still developing in that area. He has the skill set, just not the know how. Nevertheless, he gets his hands up routinely inside and knocks a lot of footballs down at the line.
Impression: A strong kid with a good amount of athletic upside. Isn’t the kind of pass rusher you want as a three technique, but he looks like a potential starter as a one-gap nose. If he improves his hands, he has the anchor and skill set to play as a 34 DE as well. There’s a lot of natural talent and untapped potential to his game.