Kendall has very good size and athletic talent to play his position at a high level for the team that drafts him. He shows good numbers in his workouts and surprising agility for a person his size. He understands his position and has the quick feet needed to give you some terrific pass rushing pressure from his defensive line position. He could play multiple positions in different fronts in a 4-3 defense or a 3-4 defense. I believe Kendall could also be effective in a 1-gap or 2-gap system in either style defense, but his impact will be more as a 2-gap defensive lineman or as a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. He shows some leadership skills through his play on the field and effort on every play. Kendall has a lot of athletic talent and, as soon as he learns the tricks of the trade for the next level, he should become a core player for the team that drafts him. He reminds me a lot of Barry Colfield drafted by the Giants in the 4th round of the 2006 draft. Barry was a defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense for the Giants who was signed by the Redskins in free agency in 2011 and now is a nose tackle in a 3-4 defense. Barry became good enough to receive a six year contract from the Redskins in free agency.
Kendall has weight room strength, but not football strength. He struggles big time to get off blocks. He really needs a lot of work on his technique in leverage, using his hands, pass rushing techniques and just every thing in general. He has decent lateral agility, which will help him in the future once he learns to get off blocks, fight and hold his ground against double teams, and in general, be more of a run stuffer and a defensive lineman who can collapse the pocket. Kendall will also have to add "good weight" without it effecting his athletic quickness in order to be able to impact as a run stuffer and a defensive lineman who can collapse the pocket. He has the build to be able to do that. When Kendall comes off the line on time and uses the correct leverage, he changes the line of scrimmage. Problem is he is not consistent and his techniques are raw.
Remember when you draft Kendall you have to realize that it will take some time for his technique work to match up with his athletic talent. Those are the facts. It happened with Barry Colfield and it will happen with Kendall. He can be a rotation type of player until he learns to be more consistent and improves his techniques. If you think he is going to start for you right away, I think you are in for a big surprise as it's not going to happen. That being said Kendall, should develop into a very good defensive lineman because he has good athletic talent, size, mental stamina and gives good effort on every down. Kendall will be a core player. The problem is, that he also might be a player who should be peaking right around the end of his first contract. Keep that in mind when drafting Kendall. I personally would not draft Kendall as high as most rate him in this draft because of his LTI to start and his ability to be consistent, but you can bet he would become a priority after the third round because defensive tackles with Kendall's talent and effort don't come along often, unless it's free agency!
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Drew Boylhart March/12