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Minnesota Vikings Select UCLA LB Eric Kendricks



2014: Second-team AP All-American. Butkus Award Winner. Lott IMPACT Award Winner. Second-team All-Pac-12. Led team with 149 tackles. Had 10-plus tackles in 11 games, a school record. 2013: Honorable mention All-Pac-12. Started all 11 games played. Named team co-captain. 2012: Honorable mention All-Pac-12. Started all 14 games. Led Pac-12 in tackles, averaging 10.7 tackles per game. Had most tackles by a UCLA player in a single-season since 1978. 2011: Played in all 14 games with three starts. 2010: Redshirted.


20-yard short shuttle: 4.17 seconds

Three-cone drill: 7.16 seconds

Bench press: 22 reps of 225 pounds


Confident with a downhill, attacking mindset. Good feet to slide, follow and burst to developing run plays. Can turn and chase sideline to sideline. Diagnoses quickly and attacks run fits while avoiding blockers. Is always around the play. One of the most productive tacklers in college football over the last three years. Outstanding at sinking hips and changing direction. Exhibits good play speed and is able to cover man-to-man in space. Good zone awareness and makes plays on the ball.


Despite the high tackle numbers, doesn't meet ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage as much as he could. Could use more weight on his frame. Will drop his head at times when meeting ball carrier in the hole. Wasn't much of a factor as a blitzer.


Round 2


"His production and character makes it easy for a scout to bang the table for him. The only blow-back I anticipate in my room is regarding his size, but if you stick him at the WILL spot, I don't think it matters." -- NFC West regional scout


Wesley Woodyard


Kendricks is an intelligent leader with high football character. Scouts don't see the same explosiveness in Eric as they see in his brother Mychal (Eagles LB), but they do see the same level of production and desire. Eric Kendricks plays with plus instincts against the run and pass. He has the athleticism and demeanor to be an impactful, productive outside linebacker in a 4-3 for years to come.


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