Scout's Notebook: P Alex Reyes

The Vikings' pro personnel people snagged themselves a real find two years ago when they snatched punter Chris Kluwe off the waiver wire from Seattle during the final roster cutdown in 2005. Yet Texas Tech's Alex Reyes was brought in and might be more than just token camp competition. Here's a complete scouting report…

#3, Alex Reyes, P
(6006, 234, 5.15) Texas Tech

Personal:  Born Alexander Thomas Reyes, 6/18/85, in Allen, Texas.  Parents are Richard and Cheryl Reyes.  Has two older brothers, Shawn and Justin, and one younger brother, Marcus.  Attended Allen High School, where he averaged 44 yards per kick as a senior with 13 punts downed inside the 20.  He also converted 6 of 8 field goal attempts.  His high school coach was Joe Martin.

College:  Four-year regular for the Red Raiders.  Averaged 43.0 on 28 punts, with 6 inside the 20, 6 touchbacks, 3 fair caught and a long one of 67 yards in 2003.  Averaged 42.2 on 39 punts, with 9 inside the 20, 6 TB, 3 FC and a long of 63 in 2004.  Averaged 42.8 on 49 punts, with 14 In20, 7 TB, 3 FC and a long of 71 in 2005.  Averaged 45.2 on 43 punts, with 14 In20, 6 TB, 14 FC, a long of 61 and one block in 2006.  Majored in exercise sport science.

Pro:  Signed a three-year contract as an undrafted rookie by the Vikings following the 2007 draft.

Positives:  Experienced punter, beginning as a true freshman and four consecutive years at the major college level.  Good size and bulk.  Excellent leg strength.  Can drive the ball deep and high.  Made his senior campaign his best and could still have some upside potential.  Might be able to handle kickoffs.

Negatives:  Somewhat inconsistent.  Still refining his accuracy and placement with punts.  Did not kick off in college.

Summary:  Reyes has earned praise from head coach Brad Childress in mini camp and OTA sessions.  His leg strength has been apparent, both on punts and kickoffs.  If he can consistently put his kickoffs into the end zone, he could have a real chance to beat out Kluwe, because kickoffs are not placekicker Ryan Longwell’s strong suit.  However, like any rookie, he will have to demonstrate consistency when things start happening in live game action.

What they said: 

“I want to be in the top 5-7 kicking, but I want to be good at everything.  I want a good net average and to pin the other team deep.  A lot of kickers might kick it into the end zone for numbers, but I want to take care of all of the little nuances.  There are a lot of things that make a kicker great, and that’s what I want to accomplish.” – Reyes

“Has a big leg and that will get him a look.  The type who might need to bounce around and hone his game for a while.” – Scott Wright, NFL Draft Countdown

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