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NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Report: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

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Eric Kendricks – UCLA  MLB                            
Last Name   Kendricks               First Name                 Eric                    

College     UCLA                        Position    ILB                Final Grade  7.4

 

Height                   6’0          Weight       230                    

40 speed           N/A             Test Score

ATHLETIC ABILITY  SECTION GRADE:                       8.0                                                                
Q.A.B                            

Quick Feet                      C.O.D.                           Flexibility                     

Coordination                

Kendricks has very good quickness, agility and balance.

He has very quick feet

Kendricks has very good change of direction ability.

He has good flexibility, able to turn hips

Kendricks has good coordination.

COMPETITIVENESS               SECTION GRADE: 8.5
Toughness                     

Clutch Play

Production

Consistency

Team Player

Pride / Quit

Kendricks is a very tough player, misses very few tackles.

His clutch play is good, making tackles on runners or covering in man late in games.

Has had good production against good competition.

Arguably the most consistent player on a team with good defensive players.

Kendricks appears to be a good team player, well liked by teammates.

He is a prideful player, the younger brother of a NFL linebacker, and shows great heart and no quit.

MENTAL ALERTNESS                             SECTION

GRADE:

8.2
Learn / Retain

Inst/Reaction

Concentration

Kendricks is a smart player, with ability to learn and retain information quickly.

His instincts may be his strongest suit. Has a “nose” for the ball, always near the play.

Has great concentration.

STRENGTH / EXPLOSION                             SECTION

GRADE:

6.5
Body Type Kendricks is a bit undersized for NFL linebacker, at only 6 ft tall

He has been durable in college.

Plays with good explosion, sure tackling.

Very good play strength, plays stronger than his size.

Durability
Explosion
Play Strength
GDE        CATEGORY               COMMENTS DESCRIPTION                 GAMES VIEWED                 COMBINE NOTES
  READ AND REACT Great read and reaction

 

 

UCLA vs Utah

UCLA vs Oregon

UCLA vs Stanford

 

 

 

 

225 REPS N/A

VERTICAL JUMP N/A

BROAD JUMP N/A

20 SHUTTLE N/A

60 SHUTTLE N/A

3 CONE N/A

 

  INITIAL QUICKS Great quicks
  PLAY STRENGTH Great strength

 

  TACKLING Has been a tackling machine
  SHED BLOCKER Struggles shedding blocks

 

  RUN AT HIM Teams won’t run at him, as he rarely misses tackles
  PURSIUT / RANGE Great pursuit and range. Chases sideline to sideline.
  CLOSING BURST Good closing burst  
  ZONE COVERAGE Needs improvement in zone CRITICAL FACTORS
  M / M COVERAGE Good man coverage ATH. ABILITY   8.0                      INITIAL QUICK 8.2

PLAY STR.  8.5                     COMPETES 8.4

PLAY SPEED 7.9

INSTINCTS 8.5

  PASS RUSH ABIL. Good pass rush ability
   ERRORS Few errors, most occur in zone coverage
STRONG POINTS WEAKNESSES
Kendricks is a tackling machine with rare instincts. Quicker than fast, has great form and rarely misses a tackle. Has the ability to run sideline to sideline, and is good in man coverage.

 

He is undersized at only 6 ft tall. Struggles in zone coverage.
SUMMARY
Kendricks is a highly instinctual player with the ability to play sideline to sideline. His lack of size is hidden by his strength and tackling form, players rarely break his tackles. He is good in man coverage but can struggle when asked to play zone coverage. He is a prideful player and is the younger brother of Mychael Kendricks (who plays LB for the Eagles). I see him as a 3rd  to 5th round pick. I do believe he will be a productive starter for many years.

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