Scouting Report: Jimmy Kennedy

Since the day he stepped on campus Jimmy Kennedy looked like a man amongst boys, and played like one to. He can be a dominant force up front and a one man wrecking crew that combines size, power and tremendous athleticism.

Full Name: Jimmy Kennedy      School:  Penn St

Ht: 6-4     Wt: 325     40:5.15

Year:  5Sr      Number:  73

Stats/ Bio:  

2001: First-team All-Big Ten honors, totaling 51/8/1.5.  Recorded a career-high 10 tackles (eight solo) against Iowa

2000: Started every game and selected honorable-mention All-Big Ten after 42/9/6.  Also added a pass breakup and an interception at Michigan, 

1999:  Played in 12 games starting six of the final seven contests. Recorded 33/6/1.

Scouting Report:

The Good:  Big, powerful athlete that dominates the game in many aspects.  Quick off the snap, fluid and light on his feet, moving well for a huge man.  Plays low with leverage, smooth running laterally and has absolutely no problem immediately changing his angle of attack and getting to the action.  Keeps his pads low to the ground, makes plays out to the flanks and chases down ball carriers from behind.  Displays that same closing burst of speed bearing down on the quarterback in the backfield. Powerful in his lower body and doubled or sometimes triple teamed by opponents yet still gets upfield push.  

The Bad: At times easily wired in blocks or slow to shed when he should annihilate opponents.  Hesitant locating the action and not the most instinctive ball player.  A nice kid, maybe too nice, and needs to develop a mean streak.  

The Skinny:  Possesses all the physical skills needed for an "impact defensive player" and has the talents one looks for in the first pick of the draft; problem is he does not always play to them.  Would not consider him lazy or one that takes plays off rather a prospect that must focus on the task at hand and turn up the intensity level a few meters.  All Pro potential should he do that at the next level.

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