The Eagles have found their new starting SAM linebacker in Mychal Kendricks.
In short, Kendricks is an absolute freakish athlete who possesses good instincts and extensive knowledge of the game. He does it all.
The Fresno native runs a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and displays tremendous range in coverage and in run support.
At 6’1”, 240 pounds, he flies to the ball and has the ability to stick with tight ends down the field.
He looks comfortable in zone assignments and one-on-one as well.
During his time at California, the senior showed off his versatility by playing all three linebacker positions. This should provide the Eagles with invaluable depth and a vote of confidence as they near training camp.
The 21-year old rookie is an excellent tackler—something Andy Reid and the defense sorely missed during last year’s failed season.
Kendricks attacks ball carriers with tremendous tenacity and aggression. Not only does he consistently drop his pad level low, but he also drives his legs and body into opponents.
With the addition of this former Golden Bear, the Eagles have found themselves a playmaker who could become a Pro Bowl regular for years to come.