Biography: Three-year starter named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 with totals of 107 tackles/4 sacks/17 tackles for loss, when he was used primarily at linebacker. All-conference selection as a junior with totals of 66/9/18. Sophomore totals included 71/1/6. Lined up at both defensive end and linebacker for Cal.
Positives: 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.
Negatives: 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.
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