2017 NFL Draft

Kenneth Tate, SS

School: Maryland  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Forestville, MD
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 221 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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04/08/2013 - 2013 Maryland Pro Day: Kenny Tate, OLB (6-3 1/2, 221) - Tate ran the 40 in 4.76 and 4.66 seconds. He had a 33-inch vertical jump. He did the three-cone drill in 7.20 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.34 seconds. He also had 15 strength lifts. Tate was not at the combine, and was worked out as a safety at Maryland's pro day. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com

12/12/2012 - 2012 COACHES ALL-ACC FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION: LB-Kenny Tate, Sr.-R, Maryland (4), has been selected Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. This year, for the first time under the auspices of the ACC, the league's 12 head football coaches voted for an All-ACC football team. Tate missed the first three games of the year but came back to record 42 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and four sacks. The senior was also a first team selection in 2010. - Maryland football

12/01/2012 - 2012 ALL-ACC HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Kenny Tate (Maryland), lb (12)...has been named Honorable Mention All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2012 college football season by the ACC Media Association. Tate missed the first three games of the year but came back to record 42 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and four sacks. The senior was also a first team selection in 2010. - Maryland football

09/05/2012 - Among Maryland's preseason injuries were defensive linemen Keith Bowers, Isaiah Ross and Andre Monroe; defensive backs Isaac Goins, A.J. Hendy and Matt Robinson; linebacker Kenny Tate; quarterback C.J. Brown; offensive lineman Josh Carey and kicker/punter Nick Ferrara. Monroe and Brown are out for the season with knee injuries; Robinson, Tate, Carey and Ferrara were all slated to start. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2012 - Maryland fifth-year senior linebacker Kenny Tate is wearing a soft brace on his right knee during training camp. In addition to stabilizing the joint, the protective wrap serves as a reminder of a season-ending injury last year that forced the senior starter to miss all but four games. At the time, Coach Randy Edsall declined to disclose the specific nature of the injury except to confirm it required surgery. Tate received a medial redshirt that cleared him to play this season. The mystery surrounding the injury continued on Tuesday, when Tate spoke about his recovery, saying "I'm full go." But before that optimistic prognosis, Tate was asked if the injury was to his MCL. "No," he said. Was it the ACL? "No," Tate said. So, what was it? "It was, like, I don't know," Tate said. "It was something. I really don't even remember the surgery. I was just ready to get back and start. I didn't even get into that medical stuff. It was just, ???Get me on the field.'?" It remains unclear when Tate, an all-ACC safety as a junior, was injured. During a teleconference last year with reporters, Edsall said the injury was "something he had" and Tate did "take a hit" in a game. "What I've seen in two days [of training camp] is I see a guy that's moving very, very well and handling everything really well," Edsall said of Tate following Tuesday's practice. "In talking to him after each practice and asking him how he feels and talking to the trainers, we don't see any issues there, and you watch him run around here, you don't see any complications." - Gene Wang, The Washington Post

08/06/2012 - PRO PROSPECTS ON THE MEND: SS/LB KENNY TATE, Maryland, INJURY: Torn ACL (right knee), October 1 - missed final 8 games of 2011...Tate was a standout safety over his first three seasons for the Terrapins, including an All-Conference junior season in 2010 with 100 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and three interceptions. However, head coach Randy Edsall moved the 6-4, 230-pounder to linebacker ("STAR" LB/S position) in Maryland's new 3-4 scheme last season and Tate responded with mixed results over the first four games before his season ended due to a knee injury. Tate, who applied for and received an extra season of eligibility by the NCAA, missed all of spring practice, but is expected to return to linebacker when the season begins on September 1. Sources say that scouts are split on where his best position will be in the pros, but NFL teams will want to see Tate's knee at full health first and foremost. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

07/18/2012 - 2012 BUTKUS AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Kenny Tate, Maryland, has been selected to the Preseason Butkus Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented to the top linebacker in college football by the Butkus Foundation. Tate was up for a number of national honors last season and averaged 8.8 tackles in four games before suffering a season-ending knee injury that caused him to miss most of the year. As a junior in 2010, he was a first team All-ACC selection and a second team All-America choice by College Football News. In 40 career games, Tate has 197 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, seven interceptions and five sacks. He is one of five players from the Atlantic Coast Conference to make the list. - Maryland football

06/18/2012 - Top-five Maryland prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 1. OLB/SS Kenny Tate (6-4, 220)...After recording 100 tackles and earning All-ACC honors in 2010, Tate was considered one of the top seniors in the country last season. However after four games, he was lost for the rest of the 2011 season because of a serious knee injury that also required surgery. Tate was given a medical redshirt and will return to the Terrapins' defense in 2012, but isn't expected to be football-ready until August. Originally recruited as wide receiver, he picked Maryland over Illinois and Penn State and moved to defensive back soon after arriving in College Park. Tate saw four starts at strong safety over his first two seasons before becoming the full-time starter at free safety in 2010. He finished his junior season with 100 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three interceptions, earning All-ACC and All-American recognition. Tate moved to the "STAR" linebacker/safety position in 2011, but redshirted after knee surgery in October, a procedure that takes around nine months of rehab. Tate enters the 2012 season still on the mend, but is expected to contribute at strongside linebacker for the Terrapins. He is a smart player with a versatile skill-set to line up all over the field, but is an inconsistent tackler and lacks the strength to routinely disengage blocks. Tate is a Taylor Mays-like defender because of his athletic ability and range, but is an undisciplined football player and might be an athlete without a natural position for the next level. Nonetheless, he has the physical skill-set and chase skills to be a top-100 draft pick, if healthy. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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