Kendall Donnerson

Southeast Missouri St.
EDGE

Prospect Info

College
Southeast Missouri St.
Hometown
Class
Maumelle, AR
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
249 lbs
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Hands
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Prospect Grade

5.00
50-50 Chance to Make NFL Roster
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2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Green Bay
Packers
Round 7 ‧ Pick 30
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Donnerson was a two-time all-state pick in Arkansas before matriculating to Southeast. He played in every game as a true freshman (nine tackles, two for loss, sack) and became a more regular contributor the following season (32 tackles, two forced fumbles). Donnerson became a starter at outside linebacker in 2016 (10 of 11 games played), posting 50 tackles and leading the squad with 13 tackles for loss, four of which were sacks. His senior year was his best, earning first-team All-Ohio Vally Conference honors with 53 stops, 13.5 for loss, six sacks, an interception, three pass breakups, and three forced fumbles.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 7/PFA
Overview
Donnerson's tape is nowhere near draftable in terms of his skill set, but from an athletic standpoint, his testing numbers are beyond rare for his size. Donnerson is a project that teams might not be willing to draft, but will be more than happy to stash on the practice squad as a PFA while they try and improve his technique and skill, hoping to unlock his athletic gifts. At this point, Donnerson is no more than a lottery scratch-off with the potential for a tremendous pay-off, but with the odds against it.
Strengths
  • Athletic testing was on the elite end of the scale and would have dominated at the Combine
  • At 250 pounds he posted a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, 40-inch vertical, 10-foot-11 broad jump and 7.03 three-cone
  • Sudden lateral bursts as edge defender to widen out and close off perimeter runs
  • Shows ability to flip hips over the top of the tackle as a rusher
  • Big closing burst to the quarterback after he flattens around the arc
  • Well-proportioned build with sturdy, balanced base through contact
  • Smooth in space when asked to drop into coverage
Weaknesses
  • Nowhere near skilled enough as an edge defender at this point
  • Doesn't show consistent ability to dominate at the lower level
  • Considered more workout warrior than pro prospect currently
  • Below average motor and instincts
  • Needs to play much faster -- especially with upfield burst as rusher
  • Lacks hand usage, go-to rush moves and workable counters
  • Would like to see him take control at point of attack when setting the edge
  • Doesn't play with enough knee bend in space.

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GRADE
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