NFL Draft Spotlight: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE, Texas

by Cory J. Bonini on April 21, 2010 @ 03:02:01 PDT

 


Sergio Kindle, the standout Texas Longhorn linebacker/defensive end, enters the 2010 NFL Draft as a senior. He logged 16.0 sacks in the past two seasons.

Strengths

  • Experienced in an array of roles on defense
  • Versatile: Kindle can play defensive in a Tampa 2 system, or he can play rush linebacker in a 3-4. He may even be able to play 4-3 linebacker on the strong side.
  • Instinctual player
  • Lateral range is tough to match
  • Quick first step and closing speed
  • Respectable in coverage
  • High upside
  • Quality size for OLB, with expandable frame: 6-foot-3, 250 pounds

Weaknesses

  • Maddeningly inconsistent
  • Is raw and has a ways to go to meet his full potential
  • Struggled against marquee offensive linemen
  • Doesn't shed blocks very well
  • Needs to add more pass-rushing moves to his repertoire
  • Lacks physicality and has questionable desire for the game

Expected draft placement

If a coaching staff can get Kindle to play up to this potential, we could be looking at a quarterback-terrorizing defender for many years to come. That's a pretty big if, however. We expect Kindle to be a very late first-round pick. He is talented, and in the right situation he could be a lethal weapon that causes offensive coordinators a lot of headaches.  

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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