Matt Reynolds OT BYU
6’6 328 lbs.
If he enters early he very well could be one of the first few tackles taken in the 2011 draft. Prototype size for an NFL Tackle. Very mature young man, he went on his Mormon mission to Germany from 2005-2007. Matt has strong football bloodlines as his father Lance was an offensive lineman at BYU and the NFL, brothers Lance and Dallas also started for the Cougars offensive line, and even younger brother Houston is an offensive lineman at BYU. He has a punch in his pass protection that is a definite strength, he derailed many opponents with it last year, including Oklahoma DE Auston English multiple times. His thick base is also a strength against power rushers. Only the second sophomore to make Mountain West Conference first team all conference in the short history of the MWC.
Playing in the Mountain West Conference doesn’t allow Matt to face high level opponents every week, so comparing him to other top tackles is difficult at this time. His back pedal in the pass pro is sometimes very sloppy against quicker opponents. His run blocking can look like a lean sometimes as he just uses his size to overwhelm opponents. This will not happen in the NFL.
Reynolds is a very strong character, high quality individual, with loads of talent. He needs to go to a pass heavy team in the NFL. A switch to the right side also wouldn’t be a surprise.
Offensive tackles are always very popular in the draft, and 2011 won’t be any different. Reynolds will be off the board before the end of the first round, if he decides to forego his senior year.
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