Originally Posted by El-Gonzo Jackson
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.
point taken sir! ^^^^theres some good points in there
i told you im just a straight up fan of kendricks. i think he has all the main tools, a good attitude and a very high ceiling potential wise. I look at him more from a standpoint of: what could LB's Coach Keith Butler and Coordinator Dick Lebeau turn him into in a season or two?? He could be scary.
(Not to mention the fact that the NT/DT's at Cal couldnt command double teams EVER and a lot of the time Kendricks was playing face up to a guard...he maybe able to just attack gaps in a Steeler 3-4)
His ability as a pure run stuffer is indeed just average. But he brings other important skills to the table to compensate. I just dont see a huge dire "need" to replace Farriors "run stuffing ability" as he only had 78 tackles last season. Most LB's anywhere could replace that production.
Maybe the "need" at ILB isnt as bad as we assume it is and waiting to select it is a better idea??