San Diego Chargers Select DT/DE Kendall Reyes

By Ernie Padaon

Nov 26, 2011; East Hartford, CT, USA; Connecticut Huskies defensive tackle Kendall Reyes (99) (right) and his teammates exit the field after defeating the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Rentschler Field. UConn defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 40-22. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

The Chargers selected Kendall Reyes over Jerel Worth and Brandon Thompson. Let’s see how this works out.

Here is the scouting report off of Pro Football Weekly:

Positives:Engages quickly off the snap. Athletic. Excellent foot speed. Flashes short-area quickness and disruptive ability. Generally locates the ball. Shows upper-body strength to press and lock out (bench-pressed 225 pounds 36 times at the Combine). Plays hard. Tries to get his hands in passing lanes. Versatile — lined up inside, outside and occasionally in a two-point stance. Has special-teams experience. Three-year starter. Terrific intangibles — very smart, coachable and hardworking. Has leadership traits. Showed well at the Senior Bowl and was impressive at the Combine.

Negatives:Inconsistent. Not explosive or violent. Shows some tightness in his hips when working edges or forced to redirect. Average lateral agility, range and finishing burst. Could stand to play with better leverage. Tends to lower his head, bend at the waist and put himself at a disadvantage off the snap — marginalizes his base and balance. Struggles to anchor vs. double-teams. Unrefined hand use — inconsistent placement and can be slow to disengage. Ordinary sack production — limited pass-rush arsenal and does not dominate one-on-one matchups. Does not sense screens.

Summary:Solid, functional football player with clear first-round athletic traits, but bulked up as a senior, appeared out of shape and did not consistently finish. Prototype build and Combine performance could push him into the first round

This kid is one of the most athletic defensive tackles in the draft. He can do a BACK FLIP, just like Melvin Ingram, but this dude is a defensive tackle!!! The defensive line will get more of a boost and he will work in the rotation all across the defensive front.