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Eric Kendricks, ILB

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fresno, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 232 lbs.
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Player Overview

Between Eric, older brother Mychal (California, Philadelphia Eagles) and father, Marvin (former UCLA and CFL running back), the Kendricks' have been terrorizing Pac-12 opponents for decades.

Eric Kendricks led the Pac-12 with 150 tackles in 2012, his first full season as starter for the Bruins. Voted a team captain last year, Kendricks again led the team in tackles (106) despite the fact that he missed two games and was limited in a variety of others due to lingering shoulder and ankle issues.

Kendricks capped off his spectacular career by earning the Butkus Award and Lott IMPACT Trophy, leading the country with 101 solo tackles among 149 total stops.

Critics can quibble about the talent surrounding him at UCLA, but Kendricks is a football magnet with his instinctive read-react quickness and relentless motor to finish. He lacks a "wow" skill set but routinely shows up at the ball and is a highly underrated prospect, worthy of top 50 consideration.

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STRENGTHS: Above average play speed with natural acceleration to cover every inch of the field...smooth footwork in his drops with the fluid lower body to stay low and unlock his hips...reads his keys with excellent reaction quickness and initial burst, staying patient, but trusting his eyes...terrific blend of competitiveness and smarts...sticks his nose in the fire with a motor that won't quit until after the whistle, no exceptions - not a spectator.

Above average spatial awareness with a great feel for his surroundings to leverage the sideline or operate in space...form tackler and loads into the contact point, attacking through his target with all his momentum...breaks down well in the open field, staying low and finishing...sniffs out screens and undercuts routes to get his hands on the ball (16 career passes defended)...knack for being around the big play with five interceptions, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three defensive touchdowns in his career...understands situations and not often fooled...two-year team captain with a coachable attitude and attractive preparation habits - film junkie...leaves UCLA with the school record for tackles (481) and double-digit tackle performances in a season (11).

Football bloodlines - father (Marv) led UCLA in rushing in 1970 and 1971 and older brother (Mychal) was drafted in the second round (46th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks ideal size/strength dimensions and maxed out physically...lacks overpowering strength to bully or dispose of blockers, struggling to jolt at the point of attack...will get hung up in the trash with average take-on skills...will take wild angles at times and miss tackles on the move - can be a runaway train and doesn't always properly control his nonstop motor...too hands on and grabby in coverage and will draw flags because of his hand fighting downfield...limited pass rush moves and needs work as an inexperienced blitzer.

Some durability concerns due to his size and ferocious playing style - ankle surgery (Dec. 2013) ended his junior season, also battled a shoulder sprain in 2013 and missed the 2015 Senior Bowl and was limited during pre-draft workouts due to a nagging hamstring issue.

SUMMARY: Although he lacks a "wow" skill-set, Kendricks is a magnet to the ball and consistently makes plays against both the pass and the run - the only FBS player with 100+ solo tackles in 2014. He lacks ideal size and power for the position and isn't as explosive as his older brother Mychal, but he passes the athletic test with balance, burst and loose change of direction skills, covering the entire field with functional range. Kendricks has questionable take-on skills, struggling to stack-and-shed, but he eats, drinks and breathes football, craving competition - has the leadership and effort intangibles that others gravitate towards.

He has some limitations and needs to consistently control his play speed, but his read/react quickness and athleticism project him as a three-down WILL or MIKE linebacker who should start in the NFL for a long time if he stays healthy - borderline first round grade.

Compares To: Bobby Wagner, Seattle Seahawks -- Too small for some schemes but Kendricks' instincts, physicality and improved awareness in coverage make him a true three-down defender with the potential to earn Pro Bowl recognition in the right defense.

--Dane Brugler

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05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 2/45 - Eric Kendricks, MLB, 6-0, 230, UCLA...He'll be reunited with former Bruins teammate, roommate and best friend Anthony Barr as two of the Vikings' starting linemen. He's expected to start at middle linebacker, replacing Jasper Brinkley in the base and Chad Greenway in the sub packages. Also has the skill set to be Greenway's heir apparent on the outside, if necessary. - The Sports Xchange


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