Zac Boyer sends us this from former UConn defensive lineman Kendall Reyes today from the NFL Combine
What did you weigh in at this week?
“I’m 6-foot-4, 299 pounds.”
What are your goals coming here?
“Basically to have a great week, do well in the interviews. I haven’t really been hurt too much, so medical evaluations went well, then definitely going to have to perform on Sunday and Monday.”
What do you hope to prove?
“Just do my best really. That’s all you can do.”
What kind of system did you play in college?
“We played the 4-3 and the 3-4, so I played a lot of positions in college. We’d do a lot of running things out of the 4-3 and on third down we’d blitz out of the 3-4 package. I was kind of all over the field. I played a lot of positions on the defensive line.”
Do you think that will help you going forward?
“Of course. You have to be able to be versatile at the next level and I think that’s one of the things I bring to the table.”
How would you describe how UConn has helped you to make this transition?
“Definitely, it’s a great program. It’s prepared me very well. It’s a very blue-collar type of program, we work hard there, that’s what we do. Mentally, I feel ready. Anything that will come by my way, I feel prepared. It’s definitely a great program and I’m ready to go.”
Do you feel like you have momentum coming out of the Senior Bowl?
“Sure. I had a decent week at the Senior Bowl and I just want to build on that and have a good week at the combine. Things are going well so far. I have interviews [Saturday] and the next couple of days, then we get on the field.”
What system do you think fits you best in the NFL?
“I have no idea, because I played both. Probably that’s the whole thing about me, I’m a versatile player. I could kind of see me anywhere. They like my ability to switch in and out of different positions.”
Is there a technique you prefer?
“No, I prefer them all. I just love playing football, that’s it.”
The background of some of you defensive linemen is just crazy. Is that the versatility you’re talking about?
“You’d be surprised how many defensive linemen or linemen period just played other positions in high school. I played receiver, tight end and linebacker in high school. It sets you with a good base. If you have the type of frame that can put on weight, you can have certain advantages over some guys who weren’t. But then again, some people are just naturally gifted, so definitely playing different positions helped with my versatility.”
How would you describe your style of play?
“I like to come off the ball quickly, and be physical. That’s what it’s really about down in the trenches and I pride myself on that.”
Do you compare your style to anyone in the NFL?
“Not really. I’m my own type of player, but I definitely respect a lot of players out there.”
What is a weakness you have to work on?
“One of my weaknesses is my pad level. Sometimes I tend to roll my chest up. I’ve been working on it every day, so it’s definitely getting better. I improved greatly at the Senior Bowl and will continue to work on it every day.”
How are you going to hold up to much bigger offensive linemen in the NFL?
“You got to hit them.”
When you’re a receiver in high school, when does that decision get made to move to defensive line?
“It wasn’t just like ‘one day I’m a receiver and the next day I’m a d-tackle.’ There is a transition period. I played receiver and tight end in high school and played linebacker and defensive end. I was recruited to play defensive end, so that’s where I started at d-end and eventually moved to defensive tackle in college.”
Was that just a result of your growth?
“Yeah, you know keep lifting and putting on weight. It’s natural and just ended up that way.”
How closely did you watch the Patriots growing up in New England?
“I watched a lot of football. I watched college, the NFL, you really have to watch it all. That’s pretty much it.”
Have you thought about the possibility of playing with the Patriots?
“Just being up here is a blessing in and of itself. I’m considered a person who has the ability to possibly make it at the next level, so that idea is a blessing, to be able to make it to the next level.”
Do you think your versatility will make you an every-down player at the next level?
“Definitely. You have to be versatile to play this game. Defenses are switching it up all the time. You have to be able to ‘one play I’m end, one play I’m the 3, next I’m in the 1.’ You have to confuse the offense. Definitely, me playing all those positions and given my athletic ability, I definitely think it gives me an advantage.”