Josh Kaddu, OLB

School: Oregon  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Vacaville, CA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 239 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
116113-4

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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STRENGTHS: Looks the part with a strong, long frame with good arm length. Fluid and flexible athlete with agile footwork and explosive get-off quickness. Has very good playing speed and is fast in pursuit, chasing down the action with a closing burst. Coordinated and looks natural in space. Physical at the point of attack and works hard to shed blocks. Enjoys contact and is a forceful tackler. Effective blitzer with the speed to reach the backfield and create backside pressure. High motor, aggressive nature and killer instinct. Extensive experience on special-teams coverage. WEAKNESSES: Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame. Has inconsistent read/react skills with streaky awareness when asked to drop in coverage. Is like a bull in a China shop with his aggressive style of play, causing him to play undisciplined and overpursue. Questionable instincts and reckless intensity. Doesn't flash much technique to his game. Very average production.

Player Overview

Kaddu (Kah-DOO) was a three-star linebacker recruit out of high school, choosing Oregon over Arizona, Arizona State and Washington. He was expected to redshirt in 2008, but came off the bench and played in six games, recording 5 tackles. Kaddu saw more playing time in 2009 as a sophomore before a broken leg ended his season, finishing with 21 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and 1 forced fumble. He became a full-time starter at strong-side linebacker in 2010 as a junior (13 starts), recording 32 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 2 pass break-ups. Kaddu had his most productive season in 2011 as a senior (14 starts), finishing with 50 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 2 pass break-ups, earning First Team All-Pac 12 honors. Kaddu is a gifted athlete with an impressive frame and a lot of raw ability -- offers a lot of value as a rangy and athletic tackler with the footwork to hold up in space. He needs to get stronger to do more damage at the point of attack and is very unpolished with the mental aspect of the position -- streaky instincts and anticipation. Kaddu is an impressive physical specimen with ideal size and athleticism for the position, but needs to develop the rest of his game -- a better athlete than football player at this point, but he has the upside to warrant draft consideration in the top 100 picks. ANAYLYSIS Strengths: Looks the part with a strong, long frame with good arm length (33 1/4 inches). Fluid and flexible athlete with agile footwork and explosive quickness. Has very good playing speed and is fast in pursuit, chasing down the action with closing burst. Coordinated and looks natural in space. Physical at the point of attack and works hard to shed blocks. Enjoys contact and is a forceful tackler, hitting with some pop. Effective blitzer with the speed to reach the backfield and create backside pressure -- finished second on the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (9.5) as a senior. Energetic defender who looks like he's having fun on the field and plays with a high motor -- aggressive nature and shows a killer instinct. Started the last 27 games at strong-side linebacker for the Ducks and has extensive experience on special teams coverage. Weaknesses: Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame. Has inconsistent read/react skills with streaky awareness when asked to drop in coverage. Is like a bull in a china shop with his aggressive style of play, causing him to play undisciplined and over pursue -- questionable instincts and reckless intensity. Has underdeveloped technique to his game and appears unpolished. Gets upright with poor pad level. Played mostly near the line of scrimmage at Oregon and has limited experience dropping into coverage. Had very average production over his career with only 128 career tackles -- didn't finish among the top-five tacklers on the team in 2011. NFL Comparison: Thomas Howard, Cincinnati Bengals -- Dane Brugler
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04/30/2012 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 5/155 - Josh Kaddu, LB, 6-3, 235, Oregon...He's an athletic, rangy player who has experience playing in a 3-4 scheme. The Dolphins envision he'll perform well enough to land one of the spots on the 53-man roster and become a core special teams player. - The Sports Xchange

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