Originally written on DraftAce  |  Last updated 3/14/12
Mychal Kendricks ILB California #30 Ht: 5’11″

Wt: 240

  Strengths: Tough player who does a nice job fighting through traffic at the line of scrimmage. Does a nice job making himself small to slip through holes at the line and get into the backfield. Experience lining up at inside and weak-side linebacker. Very reliable wrap-up tackler. Quick off the snap; reasonably effective as a pass rusher despite lack of size due to his speed and ability to stay low and small. High-energy player; never gives up on a play and can be seen chasing guys all over the field. Weaknesses: Instincts in zone coverage need work; gets antsy and doesn’t always remain patient and stay in his zone. Lack of height limits his effectiveness in coverage vs most NFL tight ends. More fast than quick; great straight-line speed but change-of-direction ability is only average. May be too stiff to really excel in coverage. Comments: Kendricks may receive a wide range of grades due to his lack of height. In the right system he can be an effective starter, but his skill set won’t necessarily translate to every scheme. He’s at his best when attacking the ball carrier and being used to blitz. While he has the athleticism to hold his own in coverage, his height will make him a liability against many NFL tight ends. Some 4-3 teams may also view him as an option at weak-side linebacker. Videos: 2011 vs Stanford
2011 vs USC
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