- Former BYU offensive lineman Matt Reynolds has done all he can do. After participating in Pro Day Thursday on campus, he is looking forward to the National Football League Draft on April 26-28. But when it comes to improving his draft stock until then, it's pretty much out of his hands. "Right now, it's just a waiting game," said Reynolds, who started all 52 games in his recently completed Cougar career. "After Pro Day, you really have to wait until the draft and wait for your name to get called." Reynolds is expected to be drafted, but he has no idea which round. "I've heard all across the board. It's hard to know right now," he said. "So many things can change between now and the draft. So many things can change on draft day as well. Anybody's guess is as good as mine right now." Reynolds was one of 10 former BYU players who participated in Pro Day, along with offensive lineman Terence Brown, running back JJ Di Luigi, defensive back Corby Eason, defensive lineman Hebron "Loni" Fangupo, linebacker Jameson Frazier, wide receiver McKay Jacobson, linebacker Jordan Pendleton, defensive lineman Matt Putnam, and defensive back Travis Uale. - Scott G Winterton, The Deseret News
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Living up to a family legacy like the Reynolds' at Brigham Young University is not easy, and expectations were especially high for Matt coming off a Parade All-American high school career. Following his father, Lance, and brothers, Lance, Jr. and Dallas, on the Cougars' line not was easy, but he certainly has met the challenge head-on, earning many accolades--and the eye of NFL scouts.
Reynolds served his LDS mission after high school, then redshirted the 2007 season to get back into the flow of the game. He lived up to those high expectations in his freshman year, earning Freshman All-American honors from multiple outlets at left tackle. Mountain West coaches named him first-team all-conference in each of the next two seasons, and he started every game to run his streak to 39 straight.
Reynolds is a bit older than the typical prospect because of his LDS mission and five years at BYU, and his thick body looks more like that of a powerful NFL right tackle than the typically more athletic starter on the blind side. However, he has good feet for his size and somehow gets the job done in pass protection despite being out-quicked at times. That combination size, strength, short-area quickness and toughness make him a viable early-round pick.
Positives: Wide-body who stands his ground and is especially effectively sliding to mirror and hold off outside pressure. Attacks his man, playing with a wide base and the lateral agility to mirror, sustain and shuffle to help inside. Has the size, strength and quick feet to be effective as a position run-blocker.
Negatives: Wide splits used by BYU helped him focus on outside rush but he's susceptible against spin moves. Needs to prove his worth in a straight-ahead running game. Loses leverage battles and plays with high pad level. Can be late off the snap. Inconsistent hand placement and his size won't dwarf NFL defenders.