Position: Outside Linebacker
Projected 40-Time: 4.71
Star Rating: Grade: 85
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
Star rating is based on a prospects standing (as of March 5th) in the 2010 Scout.com Draft Rankings. A prospects grade is measured on the following scale:
85-100 = 1st - 2nd
_70-84 = 3rd - 4th
_55-69 = 5th - 6th
_40-54 = 7th Round - UDFA
Strengths: Kindle is an athletic defender who brings great versatility to the next level. He has a solid frame and the length to make an impact as a pass rusher and in coverage. He has the ability to play with his hand in the dirt or standing up, is explosive and accelerates quickly off the edge. He reacts well to the action, shows great range and possesses a burst of closing speed that allows him to have an impact against the run. He breaks down well in space and has the lateral agility to roam and track down the opposition sideline-to-sideline. He’s a solid tackler. He gets good depth on his drops, keeps his head on a swivel and uses his long arms to knock down passes. He’s an outstanding special team’s contributor who hustles at all times. He plays with passion and is a fiery leader on the field.
Weaknesses: He lacks ideal bulk for his stature and has to improve his upper-body strength. He doesn’t disengage cleanly when going up against a bigger blocker and tends to avoid taking on blocks. He has to use his hands better and develop a larger repertoire of moves when rushing the passer. He’s not an instinctive player and can be caught out of position. He has to be more disciplined and not over pursue the opposition. He gets good depth on his drops, but he has poor ball skills and has to do a better job of picking up the receiver in his area. He’s had a couple off the field issues and teams will conduct extensive background checks to ensure that his trouble’s are in the past.Steuber Says: A two-year starter at Texas, Kindle has lined up at defensive end and linebacker for the Longhorns and has also been a special team’s standout. During his four-year collegiate career, Kindle played in 45 games, starting 24 of them and over the last two years he was one of the most productive players for the Longhorns by registering 115 tackles, 34.5 for a loss and 15.5 sacks. As good as Kindle has been, he’s still improving all aspects of his game, especially in coverage where he has to work on his ball skills. Kindle has had some off-the-field troubles and those instances may concern teams that want to draft him in the first round. He has first round talent and could go anywhere from 15 – 32, but there’s also a chance he could fall into the second round. This draft features plenty of hybrid players that are closely graded and if it’s comes down to a matter of preference, teams generally value players with higher character and less baggage off the field. There’s a chance that Kindle’s past impacts his future.
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