According to Senior Scout.com NFL Analyst Ed Thompson, the Colts met with Duke middle linebacker Vincent Rey following his Pro Day workout on March 22. Rey was a three-year starter with the Blue Devils and was named second-team all ACC in his senior season.
For his career, Rey totaled 330 tackles, 28 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, and 11 passes defended in 48 appearances with 35 starts. Those are very impressive numbers, especially considering he played almost exclusively on special teams his freshman year.
Duke is certainly not a football powerhouse in the ACC, but the conference itself is highly competitive and is still one of the power conferences in Division I FBS, even though Duke has not historically been a fertile spot for NFL talent. However, Rey no doubt moved onto the Colts radar after another Blue Devil linebacker, Mike Tauiliili, spent time with the team as an undrafted rookie last summer. Despite his production in a major conference, Rey is currently ranked as the 18th middle linebacker and the 334th player overall, which would lead to him going undrafted.
He did turn a number of heads at his workout, though, running the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds and the short shuttle drill in 4.2 seconds, which is a fairly good time for a wide receiver. He added a vertical lead of 38.5 inches and a broad jump of 10-foot-4 inches. Those are numbers that put him in the category of quick-twitch athletes, which is a type of player that NFL teams covet. According to Thompson, he has visited with San Francisco and the New York Giants on April 8th and 9th. Now that Rey is on the radar of a few NFL teams, he will be on the radar of all NFL teams, and that will only improve his stock as we get closer to draft day.
After his Pro Day workout, teams have discovered that he is a quick twitch athlete and, once they look at the film, they will see that he is usually around the ball and is relentless in his pursuit of the ball carrier. The issue with Rey seems to be his size. At six feet tall and 240 pounds, he is undersized to play the position for most teams and needs to get stronger, as he posted only 20 bench presses — again, a fairly good number for a wide receiver — on the 225 press.
At the next level, players of his size and ability tend to run around blockers instead of engaging them at the point of attack, then releasing. Also, raw speed tends to be equalized when college players move to the NFL because everyone is faster.
As far as Indianapolis is concerned, though, Rey is an ideal size to play the position and they have plenty of experience — Mike Murphy in particular — coaching smaller players out of bad habits such as leaning on their athleticism and running themselves out of the play. Gary Brackett was considered to be undersized and to have similar pursuit characteristics when he came out of college. Brackett was likewise undrafted and eventually ascended to the level of defensive captain for the Colts.
This is not to say that Rey is a Brackett clone and that Indianapolis should expect the same things from Rey. Rey may not find his way to the weight room and may not put on the necessary bulk to engage fullbacks and guards. He may not be able to be coached to set aside the instincts that have served him well thus far on the gridiron.
But, for a late round selection, he's certainly worth a shot. He does have a number of characteristics that would make him an excellent fit in the Indianapolis scheme. The team is trying to get bigger along the front seven and Rey is five pounds heavier — possibly up to 15 pounds heavier if he hits the gym — than Brackett. He is a low-risk player with a potentially high reward, which is precisely the kind of athlete that the Colts tend to target late.
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