Allows himself to get too upright at times, gets overextended with his feet and can be slow to re-direct and mirror, especially off the snap. Also, needs to improve his overall hand location into blocks, is more of a catcher off the edge, doesn’t showcase a real jarring punch and too often gets his hands outside the frame of defenders, exposing his chest -possesses the natural strength at the college level to get away with it, but he still has some work to do in that area-. Lacks ideal range when asked to reach speed off the edge. Is routinely forced to open up his hips and lunge into defends, attempting to push them past the pocket. He does understand angles, but lacks the athleticism to hold up on the left side at the next level.
Is at his best in the run game when asked to step and seal on the edge. Does a great job quickly getting into defenders, locking out with his strong hands and finishing blocks on the perimeter. Possesses the coordination to stick to defenders through the play and likes to finish blocks, showcasing a bit of a mean streak through the play. Has some initial pop in the run game as well, displays the flexibility to sit into his stance, keep his pad level down and can create a jolt on contact when asked to play in a phone booth.
However, the more space he’s asked to block in the less effective he is. Has a tendency to allow his pad level to rise when forced to reach defenders off his frame and really struggles to stay engaged through slide down blocks, as his feet really seem to get heavy and he lacks ideal athleticism. Showcases good body control when asked to breakdown in space and seal at the second level, but again displays only average range on the move.
Impression: An over hyped college left tackle who looks better suited to play inside at guard or as a right tackle. Is a bit older than most prospects as well and looks more like a guy who has some starting potential, but needs to clean up his technique/pad level in order to have a chance."
At 6’6” and 329 pounds Reynolds has prototypical size for a left tackle, which shouldn’t come as a big surprise considering his pedigree. His father Lance was also a lineman at BYU before moving on to the NFL and is currently coaching at the Mormon school. This has contributed to the younger Reynolds’ development, as the underclassman is advanced in his blocking technique well beyond his years. The gifted tackle takes good angles to neutralize pass rushers trying to get by him off the edge, he adjusts well to the pass-rusher’s moves and uses his long arms to keep his opponent at bay. He is also blessed with the lateral mobility that allows him to mirror most pass rushers, however he can have trouble when backpedaling against speedier defenders, which is why some believe he may be better suited to play on the right side of the line at the next level. In the running game, Reynolds does an exceptions job of keeping his feet moving once engaged with blockers. The Provo native is also physical and tough as nails; Reynolds fractured his left hands in the pre-season and did not miss a beat as a sophomore.
This Cougar is a mountain of an offensive tackle, standing at 6’6” and approximately 330 pounds; it’s often difficult to make out the defensive lineman lining up against him due to the size of Reynolds’ shadow. The soon-to-be junior out of BYU combines impressive strength, size, attitude, athleticism and punch to maul opposing linemen. Reynolds’ punch might be his best attribute—it’s violent and jarring; when linemen come out of their stances Reynolds’ initial contact is so jarring it can knock them off balance, allowing the left tackle to easily control them. Reynolds also explodes off the snap, ready to do damage in an instant as his hips generate an impressive amount of power.
His long arms and big hands allow him to lead when he dances with most defenders; once he engages his opponent, it’s lights out most of the time. That lack of fleetness of foot and his tendency to get sloppy in his footwork make him vulnerable to speed rushers coming from the outside. While his run blocking his ahead of his of pass blocking at this point in time and his footwork needs to be coached up, his potential is enormous. Reynolds could a first round pick should he decide to declare following his junior season."
Furthermore, Reynolds is far from an intimidating run blockin presence. He often entered his blocks too high and had a tendency to wall off defenders instead of driving them.
An added bonus is seeing the tackle’s versatility on a down by down basis since the Cougars now employ strength calls for their offensive line.
Reynolds can hold down left tackle but may eventually be best suited to right tackle. His style of play is very reminiscent of former second rounder and current starter at Jacksonville, Eben Britton."
Negatives: Can be a bit of a leaner on the move... Doesn't explode into second level blocks but rather just pushes through them... Can be beat by speed... Lateral movement and backpedal gets hurried and awkward versus speed rushers... Inconsistent kick slide, initial kick step can get too wide... Can struggle with quick inside countermoves... Struggles staying in front of quicker pass rushers, lacks the footwork of a blindside Tackle... Best fit is probably at Right Tackle, similar to Cowboy RT Marc Columbo."
Reynolds has been a staple in the starting lineup since his freshman campaign. That year he started all 13 contests and was named to a multitude of Freshman All-American teams. Reynolds followed up his superb freshman season with another solid year in 2009 as a sophomore. Again, Reynolds started all 13 games at left tackle. And once again Reynolds earned a variety of all-conference and all-American accolades. Heading into the 2010 campaign, the talk was about where Reynolds would play with a left handed and right handed quarterback fighting for the starting role. Reynolds has stayed at the left tackle spot, but he practiced at both positions and that versatility could help come draft time.
If Reynolds opts to go early (which is a distinct possibility since he did spend a year as a redshirt after returning from a Church mission), he should be considered a first or second round prospect. The lack of success at BYU this year is hurting his stock, but once he lines up in the workouts with the other top tackles, Reynolds will hold his own."
In the passing game, he struggles to get a good jump off the line and really struggles against quick edge rushers as he stands up too tall off the snap. His kick slide could use a bit of work, and he needs to learn to bend his knees more."
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