One down, eight to go for the Eagles as the team announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with second-round pick Mychal Kendricks, a linebacker out of California. Kendricks, 5-11, 239, was the 46th overall pick and the first of the Eagles' two second-rounders. One of nine draft picks by the Eagles this year, Kendricks is expected to compete right away for a starting job at the SAM linebacker position.
The Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2011, Kendricks played in all 51 games (29 starts) during his four-year career at California, amassing 258 tackles, 36.5 tackles for a loss, 13.5 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions, one touchdown return, and a blocked punt. Kendricks was recognized as an All-America selection by several outlets as a senior in 2011 after leading the team with 106 total tackles while collecting three sacks and two interceptions. He earned second team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior in 2010, ranking among the conference and national leaders with 8.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 2009, Kendricks finished second on team with 71 tackles, adding one sack and one interception that he returned 68 yards for a touchdown against UCLA.
The last time the Eagles selected a player from Cal in the second round of the draft, they hit the jackpot with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was rewarded with a second contract earlier this offseason. If everything works out as the Eagles' envision it, perhaps Kendricks will find himself in a similar position four years from now.
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