Kendall Reyes (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
With the 49th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers have selected Defensive Tackle Kendall Reyes from the University of Connecticut.
At 6'4" and just 299 lbs, Reyes is more likely to be a Defensive End in the Chargers' 3-4 defense than a Nose Tackle. He could compete with Jacques Cesaire for one of the backup spots in 2012.
Reyes was a team captain during his junior and senior seasons with the Huskies and was named to the All-Big East Conference team last year.
Here's a quick scouting report from CBSsports.com:
Pass rush: Does not get a lot of sacks, but provides some interior pressure and will make quarterbacks pay for holding onto the ball for too long. Flashes the ability to bull his man into the backfield and split double teams. Takes advantage of lunging lineman to rip off and harass the quarterback. Gets his big hands up to block passes if unable to beat his man, also follows quarterback on moving pockets and sniff out screens. Not an elite pass rusher, though, due to a lack of closing speed and inconsistent quickness off the snap.
Run defense: Flashes the strength to stack and shed, move down the line to chase running backs in either direction from inside. Agile enough to avoid cut block with hands and sidestep, get into the backfield. Keeps eyes in the backfield to get a piece of ballcarriers coming inside.
Reyes was considered one of the 5 or 10 best Defensive Tackles in this draft class and was the best scheme-fit of the guys that were available. He looks to be a solid addition to the defensive line and to the locker room.