BIO: Moved into a full-time starting role as a senior, producing a banner year of 41/11.5/9.5. Junior totals included 28/6.5/4 while starting half the season.
POSITIVES: Tenacious defender who made himself a draftable commodity after a brilliant senior campaign. Quick off the snap, immediately alters his angle of attack and displays skill in pursuit. Plays with excellent pad level and runs down ball carriers from the backside. Fast off the edge, rarely off his feet, and displays range when dropped into coverage. Relentless and plays hard through the whistle.
NEGATIVES: Undersized, cannot get off blocks and can be handled by opposing tight ends.
ANALYSIS: After struggling with injury as a junior, Kudla took off last season. A .tweener of sorts, Kudla has potential as a one-gap defensive end or could be used as a rush linebacker in a 34 scheme.