Mychal Kendricks

Philadelphia Eagles select Mychal Kendricks, Grade A

The Philadelphia Eagles got one of the best players on the board and filled an immediate need with this selection. I’m not sure if Mychal Kendricks will play weak-side or strong-side linebacker, but he could be an upgrade at either position. Considering Brian Rolle’s breakout year in 2011, the strong-side may be the best place for him.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft, Eagles Comments Off

Mychal Kendricks scouting report

Mychal Kendricks ILB California #30
Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 240

 
Strengths:
Tough player who does a nice job fighting through traffic at the line of scrimmage. Does a nice job making himself small to slip through holes at the line and get into the backfield. Experience lining up at inside and weak-side linebacker. Very reliable wrap-up tackler. Quick off the snap; reasonably effective as a pass rusher despite lack of size due to his speed and ability to stay low and small. High-energy player; never gives up on a play and can be seen chasing guys all over the field.
Weaknesses:
Instincts in zone coverage need work; gets antsy and doesn’t always remain patient and stay in his zone. Lack of height limits his effectiveness in coverage vs most NFL tight ends. More fast than quick; great straight-line speed but change-of-direction ability is only average. May be too stiff to really excel in coverage.
Comments:
Kendricks may receive a wide range of grades due to his lack of height. In the right system he can be an effective starter, but his skill set won’t necessarily translate to every scheme. He’s at his best when attacking the ball carrier and being used to blitz. While he has the athleticism to hold his own in coverage, his height will make him a liability against many NFL tight ends. Some 4-3 teams may also view him as an option at weak-side linebacker.
Videos:
2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs USC
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment