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Old 03-27-2012, 04:03 PM   #22
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Default Re: Steelers 2012 Mock Draft vers 1.0

Originally Posted by devin7558 View Post
my bad, he officially "started" 29 games but played in every game from day one on campus
my point with that is that he played and produced and was durable. he wasnt a 1 year wonder
and he improved every season he was there. and 107 tackles in college is a hefty total.

I did watch the tape of him. (mostly top conference opponents like USC, Stanford, Oregon) and he was all over the field. the only player i ever saw "engulf" him was David DeCastro from Stanford and it was rare. Against USC on one play he rushed the passer and blasted matt kalil backward off the ball into the pocket only to have the ball dumped by the QB to the flat. he disengaged from kalil and chased the RB down from behind...the result was like a 2yd gain.

i do see your point with the dpoy not equating to being a stud at the nfl level but it doesnt hurt the chances either...
You seemed to be implying that he played 53 games at Cal and all at ILB. He only played last season at ILB and in 2010 he was an OLB in their 3-4 defense.

I'm not saying he isnt a good player, but do find it amusing that very few people knew about him prior to the combine and those that did seemed to think he was probably a better OLB pass rush specialist.

Watch this video vs Stanford and you see Kendricks hopping in the middle and waiting to diagnose run plays. He doesnt read the play and move forward. In the first 2 minutes you see him flat footed waiting for the play to develop and DeCastro finds him downfield.
- Then at 2:08 you see Tyler Mabry #77 of Stanford block off Kendricks for a TD.
-at 5:01 you see Cameron Fleming #73 of Stanford just swallow him up and take him for a ride 10 yards out of the play.
- at 5:51 you see him on 3rd and 1 waiting 5 yards deep for the ballcarrier.

Kendricks is a great athlete. A lot of O linemen are of the caliber of David DeCastro in the NFL and a lot are much better than Tyler Mabry and Cameron Fleming are. Kendricks is a bigger term project than many combine watchers think.
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