Thomas Report: WR Derek Kinder

With the 251st choice in the NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears chose Pittsburgh wide receiver Derek Kinder. From career notes to campus agility tests to high school highlights, here is the most comprehensive scouting report available. It's a staggering amount of info courtesy of Dave-Te' Thomas. It's all here.


Wide Receiver
University of Pittsburgh Panthers
6-0, 202
Albion, New York
Albion High School

Disappointed but not deterred by a season-ending knee injury prior to his senior year, Kinder was back healthy and ready to resume his role as one of college football's most productive receivers...entered last season with All-America aspirations following an exceptional junior year...suffered a torn ACL the first week of training camp and was forced to sit out the season as a redshirt...will be back at 100 percent come August and again has high capable of making the breathtaking catch or putting a defender on his back with a punishing block...whether the ball is in the air or on the ground, Kinder is a major factor...if there was an "All-Madden Team" for college, Kinder would be the team both a highly-skilled athlete and a tenacious, blue-collar competitor...unfairly labeled as a possession receiver at the beginning of his junior season, Kinder proved he could stretch the field with touchdown catches of 80, 78 and 55 yards...a model of consistency, he was named one of college football's most reliable players by Rivals...was one of two key players involved in ESPN's "College Football Play of the Year" for 2006...flattened two defenders with one block to spring Darrelle Revis' 73-yard punt return for a touchdown against West Virginia...the ESPY-nominated play was a highlight-show fixture and YouTube favorite.

Kinder started 32 of 45 games at Pittsburgh, as his 1,646 yards gained receiving rank 10th in school history…His 131 receptions placed seventh on the Panthers' all-time record list, topped by Latef Grim (178 catches; 1998-2000), Antonio Bryant (173; 1999-2001), Larry Fitzgerald (161; 2002-03), Dietrich Jells (160; 1991-95), Dwight Collins (133; 1980-83) and Gordon Jones (133; 1975-78)…Scored 78 points on 13 touchdown catches.

Kinder was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award as a junior but tore his ACL before '07.
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Team's leading receiver who played in all 13 games, starting 12…had 36 catches for 422 yards (11.7 avg.) and three TDs…made a healthy return after missing all of last season due to a preseason ACL tear (right)...posted season highs in receptions (eight) and receiving yards (92) vs. Syracuse...had four catches for 87 yards at Connecticut, including a 61-yard TD catch…also had TD catches vs. West Virginia (30 yards) and Bowling Green (4 yards).

Suffered a torn right ACL the opening week of training camp and redshirted.

Enjoyed an outstanding junior season in which he earned first-team All-Big East and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award...led the Panthers in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (847)...ranked second in the Big East in receptions per game (4.75) and third in receiving yards per game (70.6)...his six TD catches were the second-highest total in the conference...named Pitt's Most Improved Offensive Player...Kinder keyed Darrelle Revis' 73-yard punt return TD vs. West Virginia with a devastating block that took out two defenders...the return - and the block - earned "College Football Play of the Year" honors from ESPN...had a game-high nine catches for 121 yards with a 49-yard TD vs. Michigan State...compiled a career-high 172 yards receiving on just three receptions - a whopping average of 57.3 yards per catch - and had touchdowns of 80 and 55 yards against Cincinnati...had a career-high 11 receptions (for 77 yards) against Louisville and also threw a 21-yard TD pass to Oderick Turner off a gadget play...had four catches for 77 yards, including a 78-yard TD against Virginia (other three catches totaled minus-1 yard)...78-yard TD ranks as Pitt's longest pass play ever at Heinz Field.

Emerged as a starting wideout during the opening month of the season...played in all 11 games, starting eight...Pitt's second-leading receiver with 37 catches for 374 yards (10.1 avg.) and three TDs...had a season-high 81 receiving yards on eight catches with an 11-yard TD catch versus Syracuse...coaching staff Offensive Player of the Game for the Syracuse contest...had a season-high 10 catches for 78 yards and a 3-yard TD at Rutgers...had a 12-yard TD catch at Louisville...made his first career start at Nebraska.

Played in nine games to letter...had one catch - a 3-yard TD reception at Notre Dame that tied the game at 7-7 in the opening quarter.

2007: Sat out the season after suffering a right knee anterior cruciate ligament tear.

4.54 in the 40-yard dash…1.55 10-yard dash…2.62 20-yard dash…4.10 20-yard shuttle… 6.64 three-cone drill…36.5-inch vertical jump…9'1" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 12 times.

Two-time All-New York Class B...three-time All-B North Division...two-time All-Western New York...All-Greater Rochester...three-year, two-way starter at Albion High... started at running back his senior season and receiver as a junior and sophomore...defensively was a three-year starter at cornerback...scored 33 touchdowns his senior season and 63 for his career...averaged 8.7 yards per rush as a senior, compiling 1,705 yards on 197 carries...had 17 receptions for 289 yards (17.0 avg.)...had eight interceptions and was named the 2003 recipient of the Ron Pitts Award, annually presented to the Buffalo area's top cornerback...led Albion to a three-year mark of 24-4 (.857)...rated the No. 9 prospect in New York by the No. 12 prospect in New York by SuperPrep...played under Coach Dick accomplished all-around athlete who also earned All-Niagara-Orleans League in baseball and basketball...a 1,000-point scorer in baseball was All-Western New York and a gold medalist at the Empire State Games...Scholar-Athlete honoree...member of SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving).

Derek Nelles Kinder, born 3/25/86, is the son of Roland and Waunetta Kinder...has one brother...graduated with a bachelor's degree in economics...currently pursuing a second degree in communication and rhetoric.

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Featured on countless radio and television shows since the age of 14, Dave-Te' Thomas is also an accomplished sports writer, talent evaluator and scouting personnel consultant for most of the teams in the NFL.

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