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2015 NFL Draft Profile: UCLA Linebacker Eric Kendricks

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We continue to highlight some of this year's intriguing draft prospects, continuing with UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks.

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Height/Weight: 6'0", 232 pounds

2014 Stats: 146 total tackles, four quarterback sacks, three interceptions (one returned for touchdown)

Combine Results: 4.61 40-yard dash, 19 bench press reps, 38-inch vertical jump, 124-inch broad jump

Draft Projection: Late first to second round

Strengths: An extremely able-tackler, Kendricks was a big part of the Bruins' turnaround in recent years under Jim Mora, Jr. Though he's slated as a middle linebacker, Kendricks showed good range in both chasing down a running play and in his ability against the pass. He was a second-team All-American and the Butkus Award winner (nation's best linebacker) in 2014, and comes from solid NFL lineage as his brother Mychal plays for the Eagles. A true leader on the UCLA defense, Kendricks is widely-regarded for his high character.

Weaknesses: Seems to display skills more set for a finesse/outside linebacker, rather than a middle. While he's a willing and able tackler, he tends to chase at times rather than meet at the line of scrimmage. He's not big by NFL middle linebacker standards and could probably use about ten pounds of added muscle.

Overview: Kendricks was once thought of as a sure-fire first round player, but concerns about his size might have scouts wary. Still, players with his size and skill set have had success at the NFL level, such as Lofa Tatupu and Wesley Woodyard. It's possible that he could be moved outside because of ability to defend the pass, but could also kick inside, if needed. He's an active guy who might be hearing his name early on night two. Whoever grabs him will get high effort and zero problems off-the-field.