Mychal Kendricks

Rookie Preview: Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles – The Philadelphia Eagles may have found their eventual replacement for Mike Vick. Foles won the backup job over Mike Kafka and Trent Edwards.

The Eagles have high expectations for Cox

Fletcher Cox – The 1st-round pick isn’t expected to start, but he will play a significant role as part of the defensive line rotation. They’ll likely ease him into a more prominent role as the season progresses.

Mychal Kendricks – The 2nd-round pick is expected to start at strong-side linebacker and could be a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate.

Brandon Boykin – Boykin may see playing time as the nickel corner, but will make his biggest impact on special teams. He is expected to begin the year as the team’s primary kick returner.

Vinny Curry – Curry was slowed by a high ankle sprain this offseason which may have limited his ability to make an early impact. He’ll be part of the defensive line rotation, but could compete for a starting job by the end of the year.

Damaris Johnson – The undrafted free agent likely won’t see many balls thrown his way, but is expected to be return punts.

Others: running back Chris Polk, running back Bryce Brown, offensive tackle Dennis Kelly

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Eagles, Rookie Notes Leave a comment

Mychal Kendricks scouting report

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
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 1 Comment