Reyes Could be Staying in New England

As the countdown continues to Thursday night's first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, there is increasing speculation that Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes might be selected by the New England Patriots.

Wouldn't that be something for the Nashua, N.H., native?

If Reyes is selected by the Patriots, the question is whether he will hear his name called on the first night of the draft, or if he will have to wait until Friday – when New England might be able to pick him up in the second round. The Patriots have two first round picks and Reyes might be their choice at No. 31 overall.

Or the Patriots might gamble and hope Reyes is still available in the second round, where they hold the No. 48 pick and that's where Peter Schrager of FOX Sports has him going. That might not work out for the Patriots since NFLDraftScout.com is predicting the Seattle Seahawks will take Reyes in the second round with the No. 43 pick overall.

The Patriots are reportedly interested in Reyes for his versatility, which he certainly exhibited the past two seasons with the Huskies. UConn fans know that Reyes has quick feet and he is effective against both the run and the pass. A plus for the Patriots is that they could use Reyes inside or outside on the defensive line.

In the Scout.com NFL Draft rankings, Reyes is rated the eighth best defensive tackle. And the FOXSports.com Mock Draft Muncher, which compiles 34 mock drafts, has Reyes going to the Patriots with the No. 31 pick overall.

Here's a look at Reyes' draft profile, including his test results from the NFL Draft Combine and evaluations from NFL.com and Sidelinescouting.com

Kendall Reyes

Position: Defensive Tackle

Height: 6' 4 1/8"

Weight: 299

40-yard-dash: 4.95 seconds

10-yard-split: 1.72

3-cone drill:7.43 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.53 seconds

Vertical jump: 34.5 inches

Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches

Bench press: 36 reps (tied for second best at combine)

NFL.com

OVERVIEW: Reyes is a big body inside with a decent skill set and frame that come together to make a good option for a team that needs defensive line depth. Reyes is a powerful mover and a hard worker who should stick with a team at the next level based mainly on size and strength.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS: Reyes has a big frame and he uses it well. He has a strong lower body which provides him a good anchor when going up against double teams inside. He doesn't display the same strength in his upper body, but is technically savvy with his hands to keep offensive lineman off him. Reyes has a motor inside and relies more on his feet and technique to beat guys. He is a good player to insert in different slants and stunts inside based on schemes that commonly use these tactics. Reyes will be a reliable and strong player at the next level who consistently displays high effort and rarely gets completely blocked inside; he is always able to make just enough of a play to make a difference.

WEAKNESSES: 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.

Sidelinescouting.com

Ranked as No. 6 defensive tackle and No. 41 prospect overall

Positives -- Good size and athletic ability, including quick first step off the line of scrimmage and good short-area burst, can eat up blockers and push and penetrate the pocket, can slip through gaps and work his way into the backfield... Flashes good hand play and a quick punch, strong hands to jolt... Strong lower body, very good stack and shed type player; can bull rush and overpower blockers when pass rushing; solid leg drive, keeps his legs moving, can generate a push on the pocket... Has good power at the point of attack, long arms and can punch lineman back, gets his arms up to affect passing windows when he can't get to the quarterback... Agile with quick and nimble feet, changes direction well for his size, has the athleticism to get up and down the line... His quickness allows him to pursue down the line of scrimmage, good lateral movement and slide... Has the strength to anchor and holds his ground at the point inside, does a nice job restricting running lanes; above average range with the ability to make plays off his frame... Quick to diagnose plays and get to the ball carrier, does good job of adjusting to screens, draws and misdirection plays... Plays with a lot of energy, has a strong motor and good instincts, has a nose for the football, does a nice job in pursuit... Two-time team captain, good work ethic and a good locker room guy; a three-sport captain in high school who played both defensive end and wide receiver and also lettered in basketball and track... Versatile, could play 4-3 DT (3-technique) or 3-4 DE (5-technique), would fit well in a two-gap system, has played both end and tackle for Connecticut in the last few seasons, but best fits playing 5-technique at the next level... Performed well during Senior Bowl practices, showcasing burst off the snap and quick hands, and likely solidified his selection within the first three rounds.

Negatives -- Is overly reliant on power when rushing the passer and lacks counter moves, limiting his effectiveness as a pass rusher, other pass rushing moves are still developing, but can apply pressure with power and hustle... Inconsistent get-off, creates some pressure but it rarely results in sacks, not a pass rushing threat if he doesn't win with his first step... Needs to play with better pad level, gets too upright and linemen can get underneath him, engages a little high and is inconsistent in his hand usage and placement to get off blocks... Can be overwhelmed versus bigger blockers in the run game... Loses stamina as the game moves on, tires too easily and wears down toward the end of each half... His potential stands out but he needs to play with more consistency.

At Connecticut -- 2010: A First Team All-Big East selection... team captain who started all 13 games alternating between end and tackle and started final three games at tackle... Tied for third on the team with 10 tackles for a loss and also had 2.5 sacks... Had a season-high six tackles in the first game of the year vs. Michigan (Sept. 4) and the finale vs. USF (Dec. 4)... Had a momentum-changing 79-yard interception return in the closing minutes of the first half against Cincinnati (Nov. 27) and the Huskies later scored a TD... Cincinnati had moved the ball to the UConn nine before that interception... Received a Defensive Game Ball in three late-season games - vs. Pittsburgh (Nov. 11), Syracuse (Nov. 20) and Cincinnati (Nov. 27). 2009: Talented performer who has started 16 games through his first two seasons of college football, including 12 starts in 2009... had 37 tackles this past season, including six for a loss... had a season-high six tackles in win against Syracuse (Nov. 28)... also had four tackles against both Ohio (Sept. 5) in the season- opener win and at Notre Dame (Nov. 21)... earned Defensive Game Ball for win vs. Notre Dame (Nov. 21). 2008: Emerged as a freshman standout on the defensive line as season progressed... Played in 11 games while starting the final four... Made his first collegiate start vs. Syracuse (Nov. 15)... Had 20 tackles on the season, including four vs. South Florida (Nov. 23) and five vs. Pittsburgh (Dec. 6)... Also had three tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble... Had a sack against South Florida for a loss of eight yards. 2007: Redshirted... Named the Special Teams Scout Team Player of the Week prior to the Pittsburgh game (Sept. 22). High School: Selected for the Shriners' All-Star Game... Was twice named All-State and also a two-time All-Conference pick... Played both wide receiver and defensive end... Team captain... A three-sport captain who also lettered in basketball and track... Member of the Honor Roll... Class President as a sophomore. Personal Profile: Kendall A. Reyes... Born on September 26, 1989... A communication sciences major.


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