New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft Profile: UConn DT Kendall Reyes

By Jeff Shull

Welcome back to the New York Giants 2012 NFL Draft profile series. This version we will take a look at University of Connecticut defensive tackle Kendall Reyes.

This is my first scouting of a defensive tackle for the series. Considering the Giants are likely going to be without Rocky Bernard and Jimmy Kennedy next year, defensive tackle is a need.

But would Jerry Reese really go after a defensive tackle this early despite having three talented players at the position already? You bet he would. Reese and the Giants love to rotate as many pass rushers as they can. Given that Reyes can play all four defensive line spots, he would be a great addition to the team.

You also have to take in to account the uncertainty surrounding Marvin Austin, who has not played a meaningful down of football since 2009. He missed the entire 2010 season in college due to suspension, and missed his rookie season with a torn pectoral muscle.

This could have Reese pulling the trigger on a defensive tackle early this weekend.

Reyes is one of those players who just wowed people at the NFL Combine. He showed off tremendous athleticism despite weighing in at 300 lbs. He turned in a 4.95 40 (4.79 at his Pro Day), jumped 34.5 inches for his vertical and 9’5” for his broad jump. Those are tremendous numbers for a man his size.

He showcased that athleticism and versatility at the Senior Bowl, where he consistently won battles with some of the top offensive lineman in the draft. Not only does he have an arsenal of athletic moves on the line, but he has brute strength, proven by his 36 bench reps. His bull rush is not matched by many and could be a perfect backup for Chris Canty.

In fact, he reminds me a lot of Canty in their styles. Canty came over from the Dallas Cowboys but has been very successful as a defensive tackle with the Giants. Reyes is similar in that if he lost a bit of weight and got faster, he could be a defensive end. At his current weight he will be a dominant pass rusher inside. Reyes would fit well in the Giants’ scheme as they like to do stunts and crosses at the line of scrimmage. Reyes displays good technique and athletic ability to pull those moves off.

Reyes should be available when the Giants pick, and could be the guy if all the top tier pass rushers are gone.

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