The 2010 draft class is one of the deepest defensive crops in recent memory, and the amount of hybrids and overall athletes available potentially makes it the greatest class in draft history. One of those hybrid athletes that will receive first round consideration this April is Texas' Sergio Kindle. Kindle could hear his name called anywhere from 15 – 32, but there's also a chance he could fall into the second round.
There are three teams that own draft picks in the vicinity where Kindle is projected to land that are showing a strong interest in the former Longhorns pass rusher. Scout.com has learned that the New England Patriots conducted a private workout with Kindle on Wednesday (March 24th) morning, and that the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans are bringing him in for a visit next week.
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.
Last month at the Scouting Combine, Kindle displayed his athleticism and strength in front of NFL personnel and received rave reviews. The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Kindle ran a 4.65 in the 40, benched 225 pounds 25 times and exploded for a 36.5-inch vertical and a 9-foot-10-inch broad jump.As good as Kindle was at Texas and in Indianapolis, 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. 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.
Kindle is currently the 4th rated outside linebacker listed on Scout.com's 2010 NFL Draft Rankings.
For more on Kindle, check out his Prospect Profile.
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