Name: Mychal Kendricks, LB, California Golden Bears
40 Time: 4.41
Grade: 7.2 (Grading Scale)
Arms: 31 5/8 Hands: 9 1/2
Vetical: 39.5″ Broad: 10’7″ 3 Cone: 6.68 Short Shuttle: 4.14 Bench: 24
Film Room Notes: vs Texas
Strengths: Fast, strong and ultra athletic linebacker – A bit undersized but makes up for it with maximum effort and a consistent motor – Compact and solid frame, good muscle tone throughout – Makes quick reads and attacks with an explosive first step – Is able to get to top speed quickly – Has ability to play both OLB and ILB at next level, moved to ILB as a senior after playing OLB and DE earlier in his career – Can rush off the edge, and also a superior blitzer from the MLB spot – When lined up at OLB he sets a hard edge – Excellent coverage linebacker – Makes quick and proper drops – Is able to cover a lot of ground – Locates the ball and closes quickly, exhibiting well above average range – Fluid athlete, runs like a defensive back – Fast enough to run with wide receivers and strong enough to chip a tight end at the line of scrimmage – Takes good angles when chasing – Excellent in space, when he is allowed to run free, he makes a ton of plays – Powerful and jarring tackler, but also uses proper technique – Puts head on the ball, wraps up and drives his legs through – Has the potential to be an every down player in the NFL, but at worst can be a coverage linebacker – Could also see playing time as a sub package pass rusher – Ran a 4.41 forty at the combine, which is one of the fast 40’s for a LB ever – Plays fast and until the whistle – Should also be able to contribute on special teams.
I have made the comparison before the Kendricks is a similar, but much more superior player to Joe Mays. He is one of the best coverage LBs in this years draft. He is comfortable and instinctive in pass coverage, which makes him very attractive to NFL teams. He is also an elite athlete for the LB position, with the ability to blitz up the middle and off the edge. He can play ILB and OLB and could be a fit for both 4-3 and 3-4 teams. When everything is taken into account Kendricks is a safe bet for a second round selection.
Weaknesses: Height is a concern since he is under 6 feet – Gets over powered by blockers too often – Allows offensive linemen to get their hands on him, and he struggles to shed once OL is engaged – Appears to slow down a little bit when he anticipates a block coming instead of taking it on at full speed – Also runs around blocks occasionally, opening up running lanes – Ends up getting thrown around and pancaked too often – Can take himself out of plays due to over aggressiveness – Could add benefit from adding ten pounds – Best position is still up in the air.
Last Updated: March 28, 2012