Scouting Report: Sergio Kindle
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Very versatile defender. Texas lined Kindle up at numerous positions; RDE, LDE and OLB. Kindle also rushed the passer from a 3 point stance, 2 point stance and even a 4 point stance at times. Kindle was used in coverage as a QB spy frequently and that seemed to be his strong suit for coverage as he can read the QB’s eyes well. Gets his long arms up when the pass is in the air. High motor player. Knows how to strip the ball when sacking or tackling. Quickness allows him to split double team blocks or run the arc well for outside pass rushes. Does a nice job getting his arms extended and keeping the blocker at a distance. Good closing burst on the ball carrier. Speed in short spaces is terrific. Does a nice job reading the play while engaged with a blocker, then can disengage and make the play. Sure open field tackler. Plays with a mean streak.
Not as strong at the point of attack as you’d like. If a blocker gets inside on him, he has some trouble getting off the block. Doesn’t hold up as well against solid run blockers. Strength has room for improvement. Production dipped in 2009 after Brian Orakpo left for the NFL. Played in a defense that seemed to cater to his strengths. Will need to work on the finer points of his position at the next level. Could also stand to add some variety to his pass rush moves. Coverage is only average and has some character concerns.
Due to Kindle’s versatility, he’ll be able to play multiple positions in the NFL. Texas listed him as a defensive end in 2009 and an outside linebacker in 2008. Though he might be best suited as a 3-4 rush linebacker, he has the physical skill set to play 4-3 OLB and maybe, just maybe a 4-3 defensive end. Kindle was the first player to ever be nominated for the Butkus and Hendricks Awards, which are for the best linebacker and best defensive end in the country. It was fun to watch tape of Kindle as you never knew where he would line up on a given play. This kind of play style looked like he’d fit in nicely with a Rex Ryan type defense. Kindle is a high motor guy that is very talented at rushing the passer. Texas didn’t always have him line up and rush the QB though. Often times he would engage the blocker, read the play and then decide to rush. With his outstanding short line speed, Kindle can get to the QB quickly after diagnosing the play. Kindle had a prior DWI arrest in 2007 but has stayed out of trouble since. Kindle also had some injuries early in his collegiate career but has stayed healthy since becoming a full time starter. He will have to improve his strength at the next level, but an NFL weight lifting program should take care of that. Kindle also needs to further develop his game as a run defender, which is common among college pass rushers. Kindle has some character concerns that NFL teams will have to evaluate, but he’s a guy that could slip into the first round if a 3-4 team falls in love with him.
Started in 24 games and appeared in 45 games at outside linebacker, defensive end and special teams. Started all 13 games as a senior at defensive end. Started 11 games as a junior at linebacker. Sophomore and freshman seasons were both as linebacker.
Awards and Honors
2009: First ever player to be named a finalist for the Butkus (nation’s top linebacker) and Hendricks Awards (nation’s top defensive end). First-team All-America selection by Sporting News. Third-team All-American by The Associated Press as a linebacker. Second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press and league’s coaches.
2008: Honorable mention All-America by SI.com. First-team All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches. Second-team All-Big 12 by The Associated Press.
Youth and community studies major at Texas.
Missed 2 games as a freshman with an ankle injury. Missed 2 games as a sophomore (1 for knee, 1 for stinger).
Arrested for DWI in July of 2007. In 2009, Kindle drove his vehicle into a building and fled the scene of the accident.
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