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2015 NFL DRAFT

Eric Kendricks, ILB

School: UCLA  |  Conference: PAC12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fresno, CA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 230 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
9433

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Like his brother Mychal (Eagles), Eric is instinctive, aggressive and a considerably more explosive hitter than his frame suggests. He closes quickly and with force, leading to some emphatic take-downs.

Very light on his feet, showing good agility, flexibility and balance to avoid would-be blockers when he rushing the quarterback. Kendricks' athleticism and awareness makes him effective in coverage, though he has just two interceptions in 28 career starts.

WEAKNESSES: Scouts want to see him improve in pass coverage as he tends to be too hands-on, and he needs to better control his momentum on tackle attempts to better break down.

IN OUR VIEW: Arguably the top senior prospect at his position, Kendricks is a football magnet with his instinctive read/react quickness and relentless motor to finish at the ball. Even though Kendricks lacks a "wow" skill-set, he routinely shows up at the ball and is a highly underrated prospect, worthy of top 50 consideration.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (11/20/14)

Player Overview

Between Eric, older brother Mychal (former LB at Cal, now starting for the Philadelphia Eagles) and father, Marvin (former RB at UCLA and in CFL), the Kendricks have been terrorizing Pac opponents for decades.

Kendricks led the Pac-12 with 150 tackles in 2012, his first full season as starter for the Bruins. It was the most tackles recorded by a UCLA defender since Jerry Robinson recorded a school-record 161 in 1978. 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.

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10/13/2014 - SEPT 1 PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks, a senior from Fresno, Calif., totaled a game-high 16 tackles, one shy of his career high in UCLA's 28-20 win at Virginia. He added a forced fumble which led to a 75-yard scoring return for a touchdown and, on Virginia's next possession, an interception which he returned 37-yards for a touchdown and resulted in the Bruins taking a 21-3 lead. The turnovers were part of a three turnover-returns second quarter which produced a trio of touchdowns for the first time at UCLA since a 1986 game at Oregon State. Kendricks, who was very active in the first half, recorded seven of his tackles in that second quarter. In the second half, two of his stops came on Virginia third down plays. Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Scooby Wright, LB, ARIZ; Jalen Jefferson, LB, CAL; Erick Dargan, S, ORE; Tyrequek Zimmerman, S, OSU; Wayne Lyons, CB, STAN; Leonard Williams, DE, USC; Nate Orchard, DE, UTAH. - Pac-12 football
 

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