I’m hoping this actually does happen because unlike O.J. Simpson’s glove, Sergio Kindle is a perfect fit for the Miami Dolphins.
Kindle is a 3-4 outside linebacker coming into the draft, but he can also play defensive end as shown in college where he gets down into a three-point stance on the line for Texas at times.
His combine results are very good as well. At 6’4", 255 lbs, he had a time of 4.71 for his forty yard dash, so he’s got plenty of speed to chase down running backs who bounce to the outside.
He had 25 bench press reps of 225 lbs, which indicates that this young man is not just a skinny sprint rusher, but also has enough strength to even bull rush the tackle in front of him.
The best example would be Texas’ game against the Texas Tech Raiders. Since Mike Leach was still the coach at the time, the Raiders ran that passing game with multiple receivers dashing all over the place, so Kindle got down as a 4-3 lineman and just pinned his ears back and flew at the quarterback.
Offensive tackle Marlon Winn couldn’t handle Kindle. Here’s a guy around 310 lbs, and Kindle is just making it look like it is Elmer Fudd versus Bugs Bunny without the “Whatsup Doc?” Kindle was just unblockable against Texas Tech, even blowing up Taylor Potts while forcing a fumble in Tech’s own redzone, so the Longhorns had an easy time punching the ball in.
He also has a broad jump of 9’10 and a vertical jump of 36.5, so this young man is very athletic. His career stats at Texas are as follows: 176 total tackles (110 solo, 66 assists), 43 of those tackles were for losses, 16 sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, seven passes deflected, and the love of Austin, Texas.
One of the best moments of his career in my mind is the game against the Oklahoma Sooners.
The Longhorns won a close game 16-13 that I felt they shouldn’t have won because even without Sam Bradford, who had been knocked out earlier, the Sooners only lost by a field goal in the annual Red River Shootout.
Throw Bradford in at quarterback and who knows what might’ve happened in that game. I was watching that game and just sensing that Texas was going to get blown up because they had not been playing the way they should have been offensively.
Kindle was one of the defensive forces that helped saved the game and the season as the Longhorns went on to the BCS Championship game by having a perfect season. Kindle had six tackles and was a constant bother to left tackle, Trent Williams, who is also a top-20 prospect.
I live in Texas, so I had a lot of time to watch UT’s games so I saw that defense of Texas’ directed by Greg Muschamp, a very good coach, and they were dominant, particularly against the run.
The same goes for Kindle. He can be a great pass rusher, but he can tackle. He does it all. The only thing I haven’t seen him do is intercept a pass, but he plays in a 3-4 as an outside linebacker, and the primary job of those guys is to rush the passer, get the sack, and force the fumble.
I can’t hold the fact that he has never had an interception against him mainly because Texas also has great defensive backs who are the coverage players. Why send an outside linebacker into coverage when the corners and safeties do great jobs at defending the pass?
I look at Sergio Kindle and I see a complete player who totally fits for the Dolphins because they run a 3-4, they cut Joey Porter who was an outside linebacker, and according to NFL draft guru, Mike Mayock, Kindle is the type of guy who Miami’s general manager, Bill Parcells, had and liked on his previous teams.
How much better can it get? Oh, I got it. How about the fact that his predecessor at Texas was a guy named Brian Orakpo who went to the Pro Bowl this year for the Washington Redskins as an outside linebacker.
Kindle is deserving of the 12th overall pick and maybe even higher. This prospect has zero negative marks on my report. In the BCS Championship game, he sacked the quarterback twice in the biggest game of his college career.
He does everything right and is effective at everything he is asked to do. He rushes the passer, he tackles, he creates pressure, he’s both strong and fast, and he steps up in the big game.
I strongly advise any team who has a direct need at outside linebacker to draft this young man, because I can only see him get better from here.