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NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein says NFL scouts "don't see the same explosiveness in [UCLA LB Eric Kendricks] as they see in his brother Mychal (Eagles LB), but they do see the same level of production and desire."

The analyst ranks Kendricks No. 3 amongst linebackers. "Kendricks is an intelligent leader with high football character," Zierlein wrote. "Eric Kendricks plays with plus instincts against the run and pass. He has the athleticism and demeanor to be an impactful, productive outside linebacker in a 4-3 for years to come." Zierlein sees Kendricks as similar to Wesley Woodyard. "His production and character makes it easy for a scout to bang the table for him. The only blow-back I anticipate in my room is regarding his size, but if you stick him at the WILL spot, I don't think it matters," said an NFC West regional scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 29 - 10:54 PM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks will visit the Cowboys on April 6, according to Dane Brugler.

Kendricks is an absolute stud, but the Cowboys might not be the first due to their attachment to Sean lee and Anthony Hitchens. Kendricks is aggressive when moving forward to make the tackle, but he is also comfortable and aware in space. He is a three down linebacker, which is tough to find.
Mar 26 - 2:30 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay ranks UCLA QB Brett Hundley as the No. 5 QB in the class.

Almost universally, Hundley was graded as the No. 3 QB when he elected to leave school early. We warned that he was making a mistake, and it's likely he's now understanding why: Given a chance to break down his game film, scouts are seeing exactly what we did, a prospect who struggles in the pocket, a trademark of past busts. "When I went back and studied Hundley's full catalogue of throws from 2014, he showed better accuracy than expected and once he zeroed in on his target I thought he showed good toughness staring down the pass rush from inside the pocket," McShay wrote. "But he was not asked to make a lot of anticipatory throws and there are still major concerns when it comes to his pocket awareness."
Mar 25 - 8:57 PM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks had a private workout with the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The majority of the UCLA prospect's college experience is at middle LB, but he could also play OLB at the next level. The 6-foot, 230-pound Butkus Award winner was highly productive in 2014, recording 139 tackles for the Bruins. Kendricks lead the team in tackles in both 2012 (150) and 2013 (105). Our own Josh Norris believes Kendricks is a top 10 talent in this year's draft.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 3:07 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis notes that UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa will "flash on tape but then won't pop up again for a while."

"Can he be a force and string together a series of good games? We don't know yet. He sure looks the part, though," Davis wrote. "If he can stay healthy and put it all together, he should be a better pro than college player." Fellow analyst Lance Zierlein compares Odighizuwa to Sam Acho and believes the prospect "has some scheme versatility, but he's not necessarily a versatile player." The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa "should go in the second-round range," according to ESPN's Todd McShay.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 25 - 1:19 AM

The Cardinals will put UCLA QB Brett Hundley through a private workout, according to Jeremy Fowler.

We aren't sure about his feet, but the Cardinals were in the market for a quarterback last year before selecting Logan Thomas. Thomas' rookie year might lead them to select another passer this offseason. Hundley only completed 39 percent of his passes 20+ yards downfield, and only 52 percent from 11-20 yards, both well below average. Both were adjusted for drops. Bruce Arians likes to test those two segments of the field.
Mar 24 - 1:41 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein compares UCLA edge rusher Owamagbe Odighizuwa to Sam Acho and writes that the Bruin "has some scheme versatility, but he's not necessarily a versatile player."

The analyst believes Owa can play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker, but he's more "unit fit than talented player" due to his mediocre lateral agility. "His marginal pass-rush skills and average athleticism could stunt his draft stock," Zierlein wrote. The 6-foot-3 1/2, 267-pound Odighizuwa "should go in the second-round range," ESPN's Todd McShay thinks, but the prospect himself said he's been hearing Round 1 rumblings. "He's not Courtney Upshaw, but he could be used kind of like that. I can see him playing in both 4-3 or 3-4, but he can't be counted on as a pass rusher and you have to know that he will be limited to just being a run stopper," said AFC national scout.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 12:08 AM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks, like brother Mychal (Philadelphia Eagles), "has that rare read-and-react instinct necessary to be a great inside linebacker," notes NFLDraftScout.com's Frank Cooney.

"We're the same blood," Eric Kendricks said at the combine when asked about Mychal. "We bring a lot of the same characteristics to the game. We can do a lot of things that a lot of people can't do. Flexibility, speed, collision at point of attack. Those are things we both bring to the table." Rotoworld ranks Kendricks as a top-10 talent and sees him as a surefire first-round talent. "Let's just agree that we can't coach genetics, measure a heart or teach instincts -- which are the basics that make Kendricks a wildly productive football player," Cooney wrote. "In the right defense, he can continue to mess with offenses for many more years." Kendricks is a three-down LB who is skilled in coverage.
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 8:28 PM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks is the draft's safest 'backer due to his "durability, instincts, production and character," notes NFL media.

Kendricks finished No. 1 in the country with 101 solo tackles in 2014 and finished his career with a school-record 481 total tackles. "He called the defenses and made pre-snap adjustments for UCLA from the Mike linebacker position," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread. "And there are no questions about his desire, either -- Kendricks has already performed individual workouts for three NFL teams while rehabilitating a mild hamstring injury." You won't find anyone higher on Kendricks than Rotoworld. Josh Norris believes he's a top 10 talent.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 10:37 PM

The Panthers and Colts traveled to UCLA to put Bruins LB Eric Kendricks through an on-campus workout.

"I did linebacker drills and some board work. I thought they both went fine," Kendricks said. You have seen us say it too many times, but Kendricks is one of our favorite prospects in this draft. In fact, Josh Norris believes he is a top 10 talent. He has three down ability and is absolutely comfortable and successful in coverage. Kendricks should be a first round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 9:57 AM

UCLA LB Eric Kendricks models his game after 49ers' LB Patrick Willis.

"I watched a lot of Patrick Willis film in college," he said. "My sophomore year when I took on the middle linebacker position and I needed help in certain areas, I would kind of throw his film on and watch a (few) cut-ups and see how he pursued the ball. I think it's awesome how he plays the game. I try to emulate him to a certain extent, but also use my own style." NFL Media believes he'd be a fine replacement for the retired Willis. "Kendricks' best fit might be as a WILL linebacker in a 4-3, but he could be an ILB in a 3-4, though he likely would need to add weight. He has good football instincts, and runs well sideline to sideline," College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin wrote. Kendricks (6-foot 1/8, 235) posted a 4.61 40-yard dash, 38-inch vertical and 10-feet-4 broad jump at the combine.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 18 - 1:22 AM

UCLA QB Brett Hundley "flashes athleticism and talent, but his basic quarterbacking issues will take time to improve," according to NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

Hundley ranks as Zierlein's No. 3 QB, ahead of Bryce Petty. The analyst noted that Hundley's 2014 production was essentially useless in the NFL. More than 54 percent of Hundley's attempts were within six yards of the line of scrimmage, and 29 percent were behind it. "Hundley is a 'flash' prospect who shows the physical tools to be a starter, but his internal clock and issues with reads and progressions must be improved to give him a shot at becoming a decent NFL starter," Zierlein wrote.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 16 - 8:55 PM

ESPN Stats & Information's Sharon Katz passes along that UCLA LB Eric Kendricks led the nation in solo tackles two out of the last three years.

Kendricks finished No. 1 in the country with 101 solo tackles in 2014 and closes out his Bruins career with a school-record 481 total tackles. That's insane productivity. "Because of his production, Kendricks won the 2014 Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. C.J. Mosley, Manti Te'o, Luke Kuechly and Von Miller were the four Butkus Award winners before Kendricks, and they have combined for six Pro Bowl appearances in 10 years in the NFL," Katz wrote. Kendricks ran a 4.61-second 40 at the combine.
Mar 15 - 6:58 PM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang reports that the Philadelphia Eagles held a private workout and film room session with UCLA QB Brett Hundley on Wednesday.

The Eagles just traded for QB Sam Bradford and have re-signed Mark Sanchez, with Matt Barkley still on the roster. However, there have been rumors of Hundley interest in Philadelphia, and the UCLA prospect did meet with Eagles' QB coach Ryan Day at the Combine. Hundley could be seen as an alternative option to Marcus Mariota, now that it looks like Chip Kelly has moved in another direction. With two veteran QBs in the nest, Hundley could sit and develop behind Bradford and Sanchez.
Mar 12 - 3:28 PM

Seahawks GM John Schneider told Peter King the team has only graded 16 prospects as first-round talents in the 2015 class.

The information was divulged in the Jimmy Graham/Max Unger deal. "But because he has only 16 first-round grades on this year’s class and the Seahawks pick 31st, he thought Graham plus a four for center Max Unger and what was to Schneider essentially a "two" was fair," King writes. 16 might sound like a small number, but teams typically have around 20 prospects labeled as first round talents due to scheme and "culture" fits. This class might lack consensus top end talent, but the depth in the second and third rounds is there.
Source: The MMQB
Mar 12 - 10:40 AM


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