Dominick Reyes - Nate Shron [Getty Images]
Can Stony Brook safety Dominick Reyes run well enough to get an opportunity to make it in the NFL? He will find out over the next few weeks.
No player from Stony Brook University has ever been drafted by an NFL team. That might change this season as Seawolves running back Miguel Maysonet has drawn the eye of scouts from around the league.
With scouts from nearly every NFL team having watched Stony Brook there seems little doubt that Maysonet, the school's all-time leading rusher, has the league's attention.
The attention drawn by Maysonet and junior running back Marcus Coker is helping other Seawolves get some attention from the NFL. One of those players is safety Dominick Reyes, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound strong safety who is the school's all-time leader in solo tackles.
Reyes had 259 tackles (158 solo) in four years with the Seawolves. In 2012 he had 75 tackles.He was Stony Brook's team captain and defensive MVP, and was named first-team Big South for the Seawolves, who play in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). He is a hard-hitting safety, as the video below will verify:
"I believe right now for me personally the only thing that people have questions about is my speed," Reyes said. "That's what the Pro Day is for and combines are for. We'll see at that time if people think I can play at this level or not."
Reyes will attend a regional combine March 2 in New Jersey that will be hosted by the New York Jets at their Florham Park training facility.
"I started four years, I have records at the school for tackling. You can watch the film -- I know how to play the game. It's just whether or not I'm fast enough in other people's eyes," Reyes said. "Ultimately it's not up to me."
"I can't control what scouts are going to say. All I can really control is how hard I work."
Can Reyes, who called his speed "average" by NFL standards, prove that he can move well enough to sneak into the back end of the draft or at least find himself with an invite to an NFL training camp? What he shows over the next month will be critical.
If he can run fast enough, could a team like the Giants -- always in the market for big, hard-hitting safeties to fill that "in the box" role Perry Fewell loves -- invite him to camp? We'll find out in a couple of months.