"He still has a ways to go, he can still get much better. He knows that," Ryans said, via CSN Philly. "The sky is the limit for Mychal, but I think before it's said and done, he could be the best inside linebacker in this league."
Although Kendricks lacks prototypical size, his rare closing speed and quickness are ideally suited to counter the changes in offense over the past half-decade.
"With all of the spread-out offenses that are out there, you need speed and athleticism," defensive coordinator Billy Davis explained, via the Philadelphia Daily News. "In the old days, especially in a 3-4, we used to find big guys like the Levon Kirklands, who could butt heads with a guard. But you don't need that quite as much anymore. At least in our style we don't need that."
Kendricks is a three-down linebacker with sideline-to-sideline range. The 2011 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year led his position in the 40-yard dash (4.47), vertical jump (39.5") and broad jump (10 feet, 7 inches) at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
"Mychal is the most explosive guy on this team and one of the most explosive athletes in the entire league," raved linebackers coach Rick Minter. "His ability to rush, cover, press the run, run guys down. ... With the game becoming more and more a space game, you're glad you have a guy like him because DeMeco can't do some of those things athletically."