Photo of Eric Kendricks
Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 2
  • Pick 13
  • Overall 45

Combine Results

5.82 ?
  • 4.61 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 19 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 38.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I think we can say with certainty that the Vikings like linebackers from UCLA. They drafted Anthony Barr last year and now they take Eric Kendricks. His instincts are outstanding; he can get through the trash. He will team nicely with Barr." -- Daniel Jeremiah

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 232LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


2014: Second-team AP All-American. Butkus Award Winner. Lott IMPACT Award Winner. Second-team All-Pac-12. Led team with 149 tackles. Had 10-plus tackles in 11 games, a school record. 2013: Honorable mention All-Pac-12. Started all 11 games played. Named team co-captain. 2012: Honorable mention All-Pac-12. Started all 14 games. Led Pac-12 in tackles, averaging 10.7 tackles per game. Had most tackles by a UCLA player in a single-season since 1978. 2011: Played in all 14 games with three starts. 2010: Redshirted.

Pro Day Results

20-yard short shuttle: 4.17 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.16 seconds
Bench press: 22 reps of 225 pounds



Confident with a downhill, attacking mindset. Good feet to slide, follow and burst to developing run plays. Can turn and chase sideline to sideline. Diagnoses quickly and attacks run fits while avoiding blockers. Is always around the play. One of the most productive tacklers in college football over the last three years. Outstanding at sinking hips and changing direction. Exhibits good play speed and is able to cover man-to-man in space. Good zone awareness and makes plays on the ball.


Despite the high tackle numbers, doesn't meet ball carrier behind the line of scrimmage as much as he could. Could use more weight on his frame. Will drop his head at times when meeting ball carrier in the hole. Wasn't much of a factor as a blitzer.

Draft Projection

Round 2

Sources Tell Us

"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." -- NFC West regional scout

NFL Comparison

Wesley Woodyard

Bottom Line

Kendricks is an intelligent leader with high football character. Scouts don't see the same explosiveness in Eric as they see in his brother Mychal (Eagles LB), but they do see the same level of production and desire. 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.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.