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Scouting The Draft: Eric Kendricks, ILB/OLB, UCLA

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Today we are taking a look at a very talented linebacker that could fill a number of holes this off-season.

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Introduction

Mr. Kendricks has UCLA and football in his blood. His father led the bruins in rushing during the 1970 and 1971 seasons. The senior Kendricks then went on to play in the Canadian Football League. Eric saw his first action in 2011 and made an immediate impact. Kendricks was 2nd on the team in tackles, and was named an honorable mention Freshman All-American by collegefootballnews.com. In 2012 and 2013 Kendricks started racking up the tackles and moving up in the Bruins record books. Now in his senior year, Eric has cemented himself in Bruins history.

Measurables

Height: 6'0"

Weight: 230

Class: Senior

Projected 40 Time: 4.68

Stats

Year Tackles TFL Sack INT PBU FF
2011 76 4.5 2 0 3 0
2012 149 6 2 1 4 2
2013 105 4 2 1 2 0
2014 145 11.5 4 3 2 1

Positives

  • A very sure tackler
  • Picks his spots well
  • Has a lot of stopping power
  • Is always around the ball
  • Bounces his way to the QB when pass rushing
  • Competent in coverage
  • Decent enough hands to turn a PD into an INT
  • Doesn't take plays off
  • Instinctive
  • Can play most LBer positions

Negatives

  • Not much of a pass rusher
  • He can get caught up in blocks
  • A little under sized
  • Not amazing at any one thing
  • Lacks a "WOW" factor

Conclusion

With Eric Kendricks, we would be getting a very sound LBer. A player that will be a sure tackler for us in any scheme, and wouldn't be a liability in coverage. It's hard not to like this guy. He may not be amazing at any one thing, but he does everything, and does it well. Without the "wow" factor, his stock has a limit. If he blows the roof off of the combine, he might still only be a late 1st rounder. As of now,  Kendricks is looking like a 2nd, or 3rd round pick. If we don't resign David Harris, I want his replacement to be able to match his production, and then some. Pass rushing aside, Eric can do this. We have a severe deficiency when it comes to agile LBers that can thrive in a 4-3 defense as well as 3-4. Whoever our new coach is, he will be able to find a position where Kendricks can succeed.

Draft Grade: 73

90-100 = Exceptional Talent

80-90 = Impact Player

70-80 = NFL Starter

60-70 = Solid NFL Potential

50-60 = Draftable - Lot of work needed

>50 = Undraftable - Long Shot To Stick