Reyes Selected 49th by San Diego

    Reyes partaking in drills at the 2010 NFL Draft Combine.

    Reyes partaking in drills at the 2010 NFL Draft Combine.

    April 27, 2012

    NEW YORK, N.Y. - Defensive tackle Kendall Reyes was taken with the 49th overall pick of the 2012 National Football League Draft by the San Diego Chargers.  Reyes, a second round pick of the Chargers, is the highest draft pick from the University of Connecticut since Darius Butler was slected 41st by the New England Patriots in 2009.

    A 6'5, 295 lb. defensive lineman, Reyes joins San Diego after totaling 46 tackles, 13.5 for a loss, and 4.5 sacks in his senior season.  Reyes became the 28th Husky to be drafted into the NFL and 12th since 2005.

    Below are quotes from Reyes addressing the media shortly after being chosen.

    Had San Diego been on your radar in recent days?
    “I had a team visit with [San Diego] a couple of weeks ago.  I have definitely been in contact with them.”

    What has the rollercoaster of emotions been like leading up to the draft?
    “I definitely wasn’t expecting much yesterday, but I knew today was finally the big day.  I was just kind of anxious, nervous, excited, a whole bunch of emotions all bunched up into one.  When I got that phone call, I was like ‘hold on let me answer it, see if it’s real’ and it was.  It’s exciting.”

    Do you know any specifics of how you’ll be used in the Charger’s defensive alignment?
    “They run the 3-4.  It will be a little bit different, but we ran the 3-4 at UConn, so I am definitely excited for that.”

    How did the conversation go when you got the call that you were drafted?
    “I talked to basically all of the guys in the [San Diego] front office.  They said congratulations and went from there.  I’m up with my family at a house in Maine and we’re all watching [the draft] together and I actually had to slip out to the back so I could actually talk on the phone.  No one knew at first, besides me, then it was announced on TV and it got kind of crazy for a bit.