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Derek Kinder (WR)
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 202
College: Pittsburgh
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Albion, NY
High School: Albion
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Selected by: Chicago Bears
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 42 (251)
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Pick Analysis: Kinder capitalized on all of the attention at Pitt's pro day by putting forth a great workout. His athleticism will give him a chance to stick in Chicago, which already drafted two other receivers.
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Overview

Kinder entered the 2007 season as a top prospect, but a torn right ACL sidelined him during the first week of preseason camp. As a true junior, Kinder earned first-team All-Big East honors by making 57 catches for 847 yards and six touchdowns in 2006.


His production in 2008 wasn't exemplary (36-422-3), but the Panthers were a run-first team with questionable quarterback play. His size and agility could earn him a roster spot as a rookie if he proves he's all the way back from the knee injury.


When healthy, Kinder has the speed to stretch the field, and his basketball background is evident in the way he creates separation from defensive backs.


High School

Two-time All-New York Class B, three-time All-B North Division and two-time All-Western New York as three-year, two-way starter at Albion High...Started at running back his senior season and receiver as a junior and sophomore...Defensively was a three-year starter at cornerback...Scored 33 touchdowns his senior season and 63 for his career...Averaged 8.7 yards per rush as a senior, compiling 1,705 yards on 197 carries...Had 17 receptions for 289 yards (17.0 avg.)...Eight interceptions and was named the 2003 recipient of the Ron Pitts Award, annually presented to the Buffalo area's top cornerback...Led Albion to a three-year mark of 24-4 (.857)...Rated the No. 9 prospect in New York by Rivals.com...Rated the No. 12 prospect in New York by SuperPrep...Played under Coach Dick Diminuco...Earned All-Niagara-Orleans League in baseball and basketball...1,000-point scorer in basketball...In baseball, was All-Western New York and a gold medalist at the Empire State Games... Scholar-Athlete honoree...member of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving).


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Analysis

Positives: Adequate height and good size for the position. Uses his hands and size to create separation from corners. Lines up in the slot and on the outside. Able to track the ball over either shoulder. Adjusts to poorly thrown balls, whether low or high. Relatively quick off the line given his size, and should be able to defeat press coverage at the next level. Finds holes in zone coverage and presents a nice target to the quarterback. Has the vertical to win jump balls in the red zone. A bit more elusive and quick in space than expected.


Negatives: Lacks elite speed to be a great downfield threat. Not as strong as you'd expect for his size. Not a particularly smooth runner. A bit lazy on routes, and will round off and fail to sell the deep out on occasion. Despite his size, Kinder will hear footsteps over the middle. Must improve his consistency blocking downfield.


Injury Report

2007: Suffered a season-ending ACL (right) injury during the first week of training camp and underwent surgery.


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