Detroit Lions 2015 NFL Draft Watch List: Combine Preview – Seniors

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Oct 25, 2014; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes tailback Tony Jones (26) is tackled by UCLA Bruins linebacker Eric Kendricks (6) in the third quarter at Folsom Field. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

Eric Kendricks (#6), ILB – UCLA

Like his brother, Philadelphia’s Mychal Kendricks, Eric has what it takes to be a linebacker at the next level. The 2014 Butkus Award and Lott Trophy winner had an ultra-productive senior season, finishing with 145 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions (one for TD) and four sacks.

At 6-0, 230 lbs., Kendricks is on the small side and will likely be limited to playing WLB in a 4-3 at the next level. However, his speed gives him sideline-to-sideline range and he’s proficient in coverage making him a valuable three-down defender who doesn’t have to come off the field.

The high motor, instinctive defender has all the tools to be an impact player at the next level and would provide exceptional value as an early day two pick.

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