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Grading System
JIMMY KENNEDY
Jimmy Kennedy - DT Position: DT
Class: Sr
School: Penn St.
Conference: Big Ten
Ht., Wt.: 6'4, 322
40 Time: 5.15
Grade: 4.62

Selected by St. Louis Rams
Round 1, pick 12 (12 overall)
BIO: Played six games with the starting unit as a red-shirt freshman and has been a fixture there ever since. All-Conference selection and Big 10 Defensive Lineman of the Year as a senior totaling 87 tackles with 16 tackles for loss and 5 1/2 sacks, also breaking up three passes. Named to several All-America teams. Junior totals were 51-1 1/2-8 when again he was a first team All-League selection after 42-6-9 the previous year.

POSITIVES: Massive, yet athletic lineman who dominates opponents and controls the game up front. Quickly gets off the ball with a nice first step, bulrushes opponents up the field and powerfully drives them from the line of scrimmage. Defeats double or triple teams, displays a good spin move and gets out laterally chasing the action. Can twist or stunt, slides off blocks and makes plays in every direction of the field. Breaks down and for the most part plays with leverage. Works hard and if he does not make the play up the field, gets his hands up to bat away the pass.

NEGATIVES: Ducks his head and takes himself out of the play on occasion. Must do a better job protecting himself as he'll be surprisingly handled by a single blocker at times. Slow locating the action or finding the ball. Overweight in the past which has led to Kennedy wearing down and not playing with proper fundamentals. May not possess a mean streak.

ANALYSIS: At the top of his game, an impact lineman worthy of the first pick in a draft. Must continue the progression he displayed as a senior and keep himself properly conditioned year round.

PROJECTION: Early First Round


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