With the 46th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Eagles added to their competition at linebacker in the form of California linebacker Mychal Kendricks. The Eagles' selection of Kendricks was made by all-time great Eagles running back Brian Westbrook.
Kendricks, 5-11, 239, played seveal linebacker positions in college, but will compete on the outside for the Eagles with DeMeco Ryans entrenched in the middle.He was the Pac-12's Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year as a Senior in 2011. He started every game for the Golden Bears over the last three seasons.
"He's instinctive," said NFL Network's Mike Mayock after the selection was made. "He was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. I love his production. He can run and I think he fits what the Eagles do inside."
Among linebackers on the Eagles roster, Kendricks joins DeMeco Ryans, Jamar Chaney, Brian Rolle, Akeem Jordan, Keenan Clayton, Greg Lloyd, Casey Matthews and Monte Simmons.
Here's the full scouting report on Kendricks courtesy of SportsIllustrated.com's Tony Pauline.
Positive: Tough and explosive linebacker with height limitations. Terrific pass rusher who beats blockers off the snap and can bend off the edge. Quickly changes direction, shows a burst of speed and has the ability to catch the action in backside pursuit. Outstanding sideline-to-sideline range, covers a lot of area on the field and takes good angles to the action. Gets depth on pass drops, patient with assignments and plays smart football.
Negative: Not a strong tackler. Gets out-positioned from the action by blocks. Lack of height will be a problem at the next level when matched up against tall tight ends. May struggle in a system that requires too many mental responsibilities'.
Analysis: Kendricks was a game-impacting player on the college level who effectively handled several spots in the defensive front seven for Cal. He plays fast, tough and smart and could be a very good pass-rushing linebacker in a 34 alignment.