Photo of Derrick Kindred
Drafted By: Browns

Combine Results

5.11 ?
  • 4.50 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 37.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 123.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.05 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.29 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

The Browns have alot of holes, including safety. Kindred is a back end tone-setter who should have opportunities to see early playing time. He'll also stay busy on coverage teams. --Mark Dulgerian

  • 5'10" Height
  • 31 1/4" Arm Length
  • 207LBS. Weight
  • 9 3/8" Hands


There's toughness, and then there's Derrick Kindred. During the 2015 Alamo Bowl press conference, he stated he broke his collarbone three days before the start of his senior season, but decided to play through the injury. It's difficult enough to play a thumper at the safety position, which Kindred is, with a mostly healthy body. But to be a first-team All-Big 12 defensive back with 87 tackles, 3.5 for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups -- well, that’s pretty impressive. Kindred had already secured a leadership role on the defense as a junior, receiving honorable mention All-Big 12 notice (80 tackles, 4.5 for loss, four interceptions, five pass breakups). Kindred returned two of his six interceptions for touchdowns during the 2014-2015 seasons, as well. He had his first taste as a starter in his freshman year, starting once in 12 contests (20 tackles, two pass break-ups), and then stepped up again when needed as a sophomore, beginning three contests and playing in every game (48 stops, four for loss, two INT, five PBU).

Pro Day Results

Bench: 17 reps of 225 pounds



Compact build with aggressive field demeanor. Will drop bombs on ball carriers and receivers when he gets his chance. Accelerates through his targets for maximum pop. Has toughness and strength of an NFL box safety. Decent straight-line speed from the hash and as a downhill tackler. Has some cover talent if matched up underneath. Had 21 passes defensed and eight interceptions over last two seasons. Plays on both punt and kick coverage teams and loves to intimidate with big hits on return men.


At times will opt to chop runner's legs from under them over wrapping up. Big hit hunting has consequences. Missed 16 tackles last year and 26 over last two seasons, in part, due to issues with direction change. Can be juked in open field. Glides toward perimeter run support and creating high-­risk tackle angles and diving attempts. Hip stiffness and inconsistency with deep ball responsibilities are major concerns in deep coverage.

Draft Projection

Round 7 or priority free agent

Sources Tell Us

"He plays it like we used to play it back in the day. He's going to bring it to you, no doubt, but the way the league is set up now, he has to be able to cover. Probably a (special) teams guy and fourth safety." -- NFC scout

Bottom Line

Kindred is an intimidating hitter with pretty good ball skills, but his issues with missed tackles and back-end busts are a concern. The more area he's asked to cover, the more he is likely to struggle, so he could be locked in as a box safety with special teams value. Kindred could go undrafted, but he he's got enough talent to fight for a roster spot.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster