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Sergio Kindle (DE)
  • Height:
    6'3"
  • Weight:
    250 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 1/4 in.
  • Hand Size:
    10 in.
  • College:
    Texas
  • Conference:
    Big 12
Featured Prospects
Selected by: Baltimore Ravens
Round: 2
Pick (Overall): 11 (43)
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Pick Analysis: The Ravens land a top-10 talent, Sergio Kindle, in the second round. The former Texas standout was expected to come off the board early in the first round, but questions about his injury history resulted in Kindle experiencing a dramatic slide down the board. If Kindle plays to his talent, the Ravens have landed another elite player at a value pick.

Overview

Kindle is a two-year starter for the Longhorns as a defensive end but many will try and project him to outside linebacker in the NFL. He has a good combination of length and athleticism but lacks the bulk needs to be an effective run defender at the next level. He has been a disruptive force penetrating the line of scrimmage in the Longhorns 4-3 front. Kindle runs well but doesn’t have elite speed or range for a stand up player and will need lots of work developing his coverage techniques and awareness. He is inconsistent using his hands to maintain leverage on his opponent and will need to improve in this area both as a pass rusher as well as run defender. Kindle does play hard and has a frame to add at least 20 pounds, which bodes well for his potential as a special team’s contributor as well being utilized as a backup linebacker or edge rusher in sub packages.


Strengths

Kindle’s a long, rangy player who projects best as a 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. Productive player. Plays with a relentless motor not only as a pass rusher but also in run pursuit. Has good instincts playing with his hand down and off the line of scrimmage. Short area burst and speed are his best attribute, especially when turned loose rushing the passer.

Weaknesses

Main area of concern is his lack of weight and strength, but does have room on his frame to add bulk. Struggles with his hand use when disengaging against the run. Possesses tweener size and athleticism. Has some off-field issues (DWI arrest, driving car into apartment complex and leaving the scene).

Grade

8.3

 

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