Kendall is a quality football player. He is very smart and understands situational football. He has excellent hands to go along with good speed and great quickness. Kendall runs good routes, but his strength is playing against zone coverage. He reads defenses and is like a point guard out on the field directing other receivers on spacing and possible DB blitzes. He is the type of receiver you need to have a successful passing offense. Kendall is an excellent teammate and shows leadership skills through his play on the field. He is a clutch player who will move the chains. Inside the red zone, Kendall becomes a very dangerous weapon. Also similar to a point guard in basketball, Kendall knows when to make a play and when to impact. He will run routes, block and do the little things that you need all game long to take the attention away from him and then, when you least expect it, he steps up to make an impact play. For his college team Kendall played mostly inside and in the slot. He would line up at times wide, but his impact for the next level is as a slot receiver who will be an asset on passing downs and special teams.
Due to his lack of bulk, it will be hard for Kendall to take the pounding a #1 wide receiver takes at the NFL level. He also needs to learn to run even better routes than he does right now against man-to-man coverage. Kendall has the talent and football intelligence to be a #1 WR, but his size and lack of top end speed make it difficult at this time to project him as a sure bet #1 WR.
Kendall is the type of receiver who will be an excellent addition to the team that drafts him. I can see a lot of teams looking at drafting him in the first round at some point, but wondering whether he is ready to take on the physical challenge of being a #1 wide receiver makes it hard for me to project him as a potential # 1 wide receiver for the team that drafts him. At the college level, he struggles to get free in single coverage and most of his damage is against zones and poor cover teams. I'm not trying to downgrade Kendall, I'm just telling you for a #1 WR, if you don't have the size, then you have to have that special athletic talent like a Steve Smith (WR Carolina Panthers). Does Kendall have that type of top end speed? I don't see it in his play on the field. He is used in a lot of reverses, but he does not get much yardage on them and struggles to turn the corner. I like this kid and good character players with the intelligence that Kendall shows on the field is what a draft is all about. However, drafting Kendall to be your future #1 WR is asking too much of him, I think. He plays inside for his college team for a reason. That reason is because even in college, that is his impact position. So draft Kendall at whatever point you want in this draft, but don't draft him with the premise that he is the answer to a team's woeful passing game. He is an impact player who can become a core player and fan favorite; he will be an excellent addition to any team but... he is not the type of player you build your passing game around. I least that's how I see it.
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Drew Boylhart Jan /12