Josh Kaddu, LB, Oregon
Grade: 6.3F (Grading Scale)
Film Room Notes: vs. Wisconsin,
Hands: 9 5/8″ Arms: 33 3/8″
40: DNP Bench: 20 Vert: 34″ Broad: 9’11” 3-Cone: DNP
Strengths: Has great height and length for a SLB at 6’3” with 33 ⅜” arms – Used all over the field by Oregon, had no trouble covering WRs and TEs in man split out wide – Uses long arms well both in coverage and against the run, extends well to get space against blockers at times – Has nice change of direction, a natural athlete – When blitzing, can be effective with speed rush, just running by offensive linemen, dips his shoulders at times – Very fluid, good agility – Nice pursuit and a good wrap up tackler.
Weaknesses: Could afford to bulk up if he’s going to play SLB in the NFL, a slim 239 lbs. – Generally will just run into blockers without attempting any moves while rushing the passer – Too easily blocked out of plays – Isn’t violent with his hands, uses length far more than hands – Stays too upright, loses strength because of it, can’t elevate blockers – Poor instincts, is still very raw and relies mostly on his athleticism – Doesn’t fill holes well in the run game, like in the pass game, will just run right into blockers – Freezes at the snap when asked to cover in a zone scheme, far more effective in man.
Kaddu will be a project, his athleticism is certainly intriguing, but he’ll need to bulk up and develop more NFL skills before he can play with regularity. Could be a solid option on special teams early in his career due to athleticism.
Last Updated: 3/29/2012