Athletic phenom. Had the fastest 40 time among the LB’s at the combine at 4.47. 39.5 vertical jump. 10’7 broad jump. And he can play. The two downsides are that he’s undersized at 5’11, and he’ll be an interesting fit in Philly, as he isn’t an ideal SAM LB, which is where the Eagles’ biggest gaping hole resides.
CBS’ Pat Kirwan on Kendricks:
Even when I was done watching a few of his game tapes I reached for more just because I enjoyed watching him play. He measured at 5-foot-11, 239 pounds and plays like a guy 6-4, 250. His 39 ½’ vertical and 10-7 broad jump are evident on tape as he explodes on every play. He is extremely difficult to block and in reality rarely even acknowledges the blocker while in pursuit of the ball. He regularly passes most of his teammates to the ball carrier. For those who think he’s a liability in coverage, watch some more tape. He is comfortable in man coverage on backs and good in his key and diagnoses in zone drops. In the middle he is unblockable. On the edge he routinely took on 300-pound guards and beat them. In the last three years he has been in on 245 tackles, 14 sacks, and four interceptions. He is the shortest linebacker in the draft and I say, so what. He’s a damn good football player.
Here’s some of that tape Kirwan is talking about. Cal vs. Washington: