Cal's Mychal Kendricks put on a show during the combine, which really increased his draft stock. His 4.47 40-yard dash showed teams that he's capable of covering a lot of ground, and this speed helps make him a fit in multiple defensive styles.
Kendricks makes a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage, which is supported by his career 35.5 tackles for loss. However, he also does a good job taking proper angles in pursuit, while his explosiveness and balance help him hold up in pass coverage.
Prior to Kendricks' spectacular combine workout, Mel Kiper Jr. had this to say:
He's my second highest rated ILB. He's not a first or second round guy but is definitely a mid-round guy. The senior ILB group is not the best. He's first or second in that group. It's like the RBs
Kendricks shouldn't have a hard time working his way onto the field in the 2012-13 season. He has the experience, athleticism and motor to make an early impact. He's a versatile player who's capable of lining up on the outside, manning the middle, or blitzing the QB.
He'll bring four-down production, as he's capable of dropping back in coverage and contributing on special teams. However, he's more than a situational player. Kendricks is the type of player coaches will have a hard time keeping off the field.
While Kendricks might not have the body to be an every-down player right off the bat for the Eagles, he's a super-fast playmaker who will be an exciting addition to Philly's defense.
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