NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Kendall Reyes, Connecticut – UCONN All Green Bay Packers All the Time
NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Kendall Reyes, DL, Connecticut - UCONN
Kendall Reyes, DL, Connecticut

Green Bay Packers draft prospect profile: Kendall Reyes

Player information:

Kendall Reyes, Connecticut – UCONN
6’4″, 299 lbs
3-sport Captain in H.S. (football, basketball, track)


NFL Combine:

4.95 40-yard dash
4.53 20-yard shuttle
7.43 3-cone drill
9.42′ long jump
34.5″ vertical jump
36 bench press reps
33.25″ arms
9.5″ hands

News & Notes:

Reyes played in every game and started 42 over four years at UCONN, earning a starting job towards the end of his freshman season. A two-time All-Big East selection, Reyes played mostly DT for the Huskies. Did not accumulate a lot of sacks (11.5) playing inside, but was stout against the run and did consistantly provide inside pressure on the QB. As one would expect, with his height, long arms and vertical jump, he knocked down 10 passes for the Huskies.

What they’re saying about him:

Wes Bunting (National Football Post): Needs to win with his first step as a pass rusher at this stage. Exhibits the burst to threaten 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. Gets upright into contact off the ball at times. However, he has the skill set, to rush the passer… Displays some natural talent and did a better job at Senior Bowl playing with a lower pad level. If he can continue to play lower should be able to fight for a starting role in both a 34 or 43 scheme as a three or five technique.

Frank Cooney (CBS Sports): Reyes played both end and tackle in college and didn’t impress scouts as a pass-rush threat until he outplayed some of the best offensive linemen in the country at the Senior Bowl. He has good short-area quickness and will win most fights in a phone booth.

NFL Combine: 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.

Watch Kendall Reyes’ NFL Combine Workout

Video Analysis:

  • Very agile for a man his size.
  • Moves and tracks the ball very well along the line of scrimmage.
  • Rarely gets moved backwards against the run. Holds his ground or gets penetration.
  • Doesn’t have a fast first step, but once going, plays at high speed and closes well on the ball.
  • Assists on a lot of tackles on the perimeter for an interior lineman.
  • I really like him as a 3-4DE that can play strong and also pressure the QB (ala Cullen Jenkins)

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8 thoughts on “NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Kendall Reyes, Connecticut – UCONN

  1. Like the look and sound of him. Does Reyes in the first and McClennin in the 2nd work for anyone, and is it feasible ?

    Thanks for these draft profiles by the way. See next to no college football here so helps me have some idea of what’s going on !

    1. I.think that it is both realistic, and a good fit for GB. I would hope that if they decide to go that route, they trade down and out of the first and select from the quality linemen available in the early second, like Brandon Thompson, Still, Reyes, and whomever else may be available. I would like to see them also move up into the early 3rd to select a safety or other player who slips too far.

  2. Video showed a fair amount of misses. Made soem good plays as well. Late rounder.

    FYI Hargrove signed for 1 year at the $850k league minimum. Hmmmmmm!

  3. My ideal world would be Vinny Curry at 28 and then one of the big bodies mid 2nd (obviously trading up). Use compensatory 4th rounders on S and C. Later picks for flyers on CB/OL/RB. GoPack!

  4. “Rarely gets moved backwards against the run. Holds his ground or gets penetration.”

    This is key. He also has very good recognition skills, little wasted motion and great effort.

    It’s not even 1 game, it’s highlights of 1 game, but those things are key for playing the 3-4 end, more than first step (which appeared quick to me). Really liked what I saw.

    1. +1. Also, there is some interesting talk about green bay switching to a hybrid defense. I think that would be great from a talent utilization standpoint, as they would be able to draft more for talent thank for players who fit the 2-gap scheme only.

      I’m excited for the draft!

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