Positives: Has good size, athleticism and hands for the position. He was used on reverses early on in his career which speaks to his athleticism and versatility. He has very reliable hands and is a good blocker for a tight end. He is very fundamentally sound, has the speed to stretch defenses down the seam, he can make catches down the seam or make catches underneath for first downs, and he has the speed to get yards after the catch if he can make a guy miss. He has good technique as a run and pass blocker and that makes him valuable because he will be able to step in right away and contribute as a blocker and as a receiver in the NFL. He adjusts to the ball well when it is in the air. Kendricks is very well rounded.
Negatives: Kendricks is not going to be dominant in any one area in the NFL. He doesn’t have blinding speed and he won’t be a dominant receiver in the NFL. He also won’t be a dominant in-line blocker in the NFL. He is technically sound but he just isn’t strong enough to consistently drive guys off the line in one on one match-ups, which is fine for a TE. However, that means because he is fundamentally sound he doesn’t have a lot of upside, and while he is a reliable receiver and blocker you are kind of seeing what you are going to get with him, which is a reliable TE that won’t be a game-breaker.
Overall: I love Kendricks and I have for a long time. He’s been my #1 TE for months now and I really think he will be a quality TE in the NFL. Will he be a pro-bowler? Maybe not, but he is very well rounded, technically sound and I think he would be a fine addition to any team that likes to run the ball and involve their TE in the passing game because he will be a very nice receiving option as a complement to their receivers and he will be able to provide quality blocking in the running game.
Projection: 3rd round. I would pick him in the 2nd but I am very high on him. TE’s tend to slide a bit in the draft and I don’t think this will be an exception. However, Kendricks will be able to step in right away and contribute as a #2 TE so whoever picks him in this range will be getting good value.
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Body Control: 3.5
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