Draft Profile – DT Kendall Reyes


KENDALL REYES/DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Personal

Kendall A. Reyes

Born – September 26, 1989 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Family – Mother is Alice Reyes-Hope; stepfather is Jim Hope. Mom is an assistant branch manager at Service Credit Union in Nashua. She has a MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.

Physical

  • Height – 6-feet, 4 inches.
  • Weight – 299 pounds.
  • Arm – 33¼ inches.
  • Hand – 9½ inches.
  • Wing span – 79½ inches.

NFL Scouting Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.87 seconds.
  • Bench press – 36 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 34½ inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet, 5 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 7.43 seconds.
  • 20-yard short shuttle – 4.53 seconds.

Hometown

Reyes was grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire, a city of approximately 85,000 people in the far southern end of the state, right on the boundary line with Massachusetts. Located at the spot where the Nashua and Merrimack Rivers come together the area was founded as a fur training post about 1655. Nashua is annually rated as one of the country’s best communities to live in. Natives of Nashua include actress and singer Mandy Moore, former Red Sox Rico Petrocelli, Chicago Bears CEO Ted Phillips and old school baseball catcher and manager Birdie Tibbett’s.

High School

As part of the graduating class of 2007, Reyes was part of one of the first classes to graduate from Nashua North High School, which opened in 2002. Its first graduating class was in 2005. The school has approximately 2,000 students in grades nine through 12.

Reyes played both wide receiver and defensive end for the Titans and head coach Jason Robie, while serving as team captain as a junior and senior. He was team captain in three sports in football, basketball and track during his senior season.

Football

2006 – The Titans went 4-7 in Reyes’ senior season, but he was named first-team All-New Hampshire defense.

2005 – In just their second season on the field, the Titans went 6-5.

2004 – Reyes scored the first TD in school history, as he returned a kickoff 85 yards for a score. At the time he was 6-4, 210 pounds.

Basketball

Senior captain for the Titans, working as a power forward, the Titans were 18-4 in his junior season.

Track

Reyes took part in multiple events over three springs for the Titans track team, including a third-place in the state championships in 2006 throwing the javelin 171 feet. He ran the 100 meters in 11.2 seconds. His best shot put effort was 47-feet, 1-inch. In the high jump he topped 6-feet and in the long jump his best effort was 20-feet, 2¾ inches.

Recruiting

Rivals.com listed him as a 2-star recruit at 6-4, 220 pounds. Scout.com had him with the same numbers as a 2-star recruit. There was limited interest in Reyes from the top college programs, as it was pretty much Boston College and UConn. The Huskies got the commitment in December 2006.

College

Reyes was a two-time team captain in his junior and senior seasons for the Huskies. First-team All-Big East Conference defense in 2010-11 as well. Was recruited and played first three seasons for Randy Edsall and then the ’11 season for Paul Pasqualoni when Edsall moved to Maryland.

2011 – He was selected UConn’s most valuable player and defensive player of the year for his performance with 46 tackles on the season.

2010 – Reyes opened all 13 games, moving back and forth between starting assignments at end and tackle. His 79-yard INT return in the closing minutes of the first half against Cincinnati turned the tide of that game.

2009 – Opened 12 games and finished with 37 total tackles. He earned a defensive game ball for his performance against Notre Dame, when he had four tackles.

2008 – Started the final four games of the season while playing in 11 games for the Huskies. His top performance was a five-tackle afternoon against Pitt.

2007 – Redshirt season.

Year 

G/S

Tkl 

TFL 

Sks 

QH 

Int 

PBU 

FF 

Record 

2011 

13/13

46

13.5

4.5

3

0

4

0

5-7

2010 

13/13

39 

10 

2.5 

2

2 

4 

1

8-5*

2009 

13/12

37 

6 

3 

1

0

2 

1

8-5*

2008 

11/4

20 

3 

1.5 

0

0

0

1

8-5*

2007 

RED

x

x

x

X

x

x

x

x-x

Total

50/42

142

32.5

11.5

6

2

10

3

29-22

-2011, returned fumble for TD (9 yards); *-(2010) Fiesta Bowl; (2009) PappJohns.com Bowl ; (2008) International Bowl.

Video

UConn against Pitt 2010 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS0rD3s4hoI

(Reyes is No. 99)

Reyes at pre-season Media Day – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49oYPnWxBGI&feature=related

Evaluation

Strengths – Big man who in the last five years has added 55 pounds, or 11 pounds a year, without losing his speed or quickness, which are both good for a man his size. At UConn, Reyes played both defensive end and defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme and that provided the NFL with a lot of different views of him at each position. He’s very quick off the snap and can slice the A or B gaps in a flash. He’s got good movement up and down the line of scrimmage and is good at shedding blockers and chasing down running backs. He does not have much of a pass rush, but he can get blockers off balance and when he does, he leverages them into the quarterback’s lap. A team leader who was twice named team captain.

Deficient – He needs to dedicate a bit more time to conditioning, as he seems to run out of gas late in each half. There’s no question about his dedication to preparation, but he needs NFL trainers and strength coaches who will work with him on more stamina. That might help establish more consistency, something he really needs to show. When he gets tired, he plays too high and loses the leverage and can get pushed around by blockers not nearly as good as him.

Analysis – His leadership skills speak a lot to the type of person he is and how seriously he takes performing with his team. Scouts say he could add more weight on his frame and if possible, that would probably give him a ticket to playing exclusively at DT. Right now his versatility is a plus.

What the scouts say

An NFC scout said – “He’s got the size to play defensive end of the 5-technique, but I’m not so sure he wouldn’t be better losing about 20 pounds and playing outside linebacker. In one-on-one battles at the line of scrimmage, he too often gets high and loses leverage.”

Another NFC scout said – “He doesn’t have much in the way of pass rush history or potential. I mean he played what 50 games and had about a dozen sacks? He’s a solid player, nothing special. He’s a very good young man and personality, so that’s all good.”

What Kendall Reyes said

“To be honest, I get embarrassed when I look at film from high school. I say to myself, was I really doing that? I think I was just faster than everyone else then and relied too much on that.”

“It’s cool to see where I came from and where I’m at now, and hopefully, where I’m going. It gets better every day. I just try to stay humble and stay focused.”

“I didn’t want to be one of those who just made it and didn’t do anything with it. I was going to make the best out of my opportunity because a lot people from where I’m from don’t have this opportunity. I wanted to do everything I can so that people remember me, where I come from. I want people to know that I’m from New Hampshire.”

What others said

“Physically, he’s the complete package, with great potential beyond the walls of Nashua North. He studied the game in the offseason, going to various camps. He realizes there’s more to football than being the fastest guy out there, the biggest guy out there.” Nashua North High School head coach Jason Robie.

Does Kendall Reyes fit with the Chiefs?

Possibly. His personality and the way he approaches the game and life are qualities that the Chiefs seek. He could be a defensive end in the 3-4, but whether he can anchor that end on running plays remains in doubt, and it doesn’t sound like he’s going to provide much in the way of a pass rush.


One Response to “Draft Profile – DT Kendall Reyes”

  • March 21, 2012  - vincent belt says:

    Bob,
    Although he may not have great record in regards to sacks, I do think he could have “scheme versatility”; as a DE or DT. I also like Shae McClellan. I do think the Chiefs need someone who is a pass rusher, either as a NT, DE or OLB. As well as NT and ILB.




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