2011 NFL Draft Player Profile | Lance Kendricks
Kendricks split time with Garrett Graham a season ago, but has started for each of the last two seasons. Wisconsin always seems to produce great tight ends, and Kendricks is the next one to follow in those footsteps.
Player Name: Lance Kendricks
Position: Tight End
Height: 6’2 7/8
Hand: 9 5/8
Kendricks is a tall, physical presence and an excellent red zone threat. He fights for the ball very well, and has soft hands, usually dropping very little. He is an aggressive player and a crisp route runner. His speed makes him a great option to stretch the field as a tight end, and he does a nice job of getting behind the linebackers and make plays after the catch. Kendricks gets nice separation, and isn’t afraid to get physical in the middle of the field, although he is a bit on the light side for a tight end. He’s a leader and was a team captain for two years.
He isn’t the biggest tight end, being just around 240 pounds. He may play a bit of split end at times, as well as tight end, and is more of a ‘tweener. Kendricks needs to become a better overall run blocker. He doesn’t block well in the open field, and isn’t strong enough to hold blocks against bigger lineman in the run game. He will likely put on a few pounds and work on blocking technique and getting stronger. He will need to work on locating the ball a bit more effectively as well as he will sometimes lose track of it.
Kendricks is a very special talent and he will be a guy to come off in the mid-late second round. Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Diego, and Carolina will be the likeliest suitors at the end of the second round, and beginning of the third. The latest he will be selected is pick 73 with Houston and Denver also selecting in that area in the early third round.
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