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Prospect Profiles: OLB/DE Sergio Kindle (Texas)

I am profiling Sergio Kindle becuase I’ve seen him fall to the Giants in quite a few mocks (Suprisingly) so I thought at least someone out there thinks that the Giants might be interested in Sergio Kindle so let’s take a look.

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Sergio Kindle

Measurables

6’4 255 pounds. Born September 20th 1987.

Stats

Career: 148 tackles, 1 FF. 16 sacks (all in his final two seasons)

2009: 55 tackles, 6 sacks.

Big Games:

Vs Colorado 6 tackles

Vs Oklahoma 6 tackles

Vs UCF 9 tackles and a sack

vs Alabama (Championship Bowl Game) 8 tackles and 2 sacks.

It was nice to see him show up and dominate vs Alabama in the Bowl game, but other than that he had no multiple sack games this past season, though he did also play well vs Oklahoma (Statistically)

Scouting Reports

ESPN’s Scouts Inc.  (1 is the best possible rating, 5 is the worst possible)

Production 2 2006: (11/0) 21 total tackles, 3 TFL, 0 sacks 2007: (8/0) 32 total tackles, 4 TFL, .5 sack, 1 PBU 2008: (13/11) 53 total tackles, 14 TFL, 10 sacks, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 2 FR
Height-Weight-Speed 4 This is the biggest issue when projecting Kindle to the NFL. He has decent size potential but he’s far to lean to play DE in a four-man front and he even needs to get bigger to play OLB in a 3-4. While his speed is good for a DE, it’s not elite consider
Durability 3 Had some minor durability issues earlier in his career but played in all 13 games, including 11 starts in 2008. In 2007, he missed the Kansas State game with a right knee injury and the Oklahoma game with a stinger. Missed first two games of 2006 season
Intangibles 3 His effort on the field is outstanding. He’s a member of UT’s Athletics Director’s Honor Roll (Spring 2008), he’s active in UT’s community service program, and he regularly visits patients at the Austin Children’s Hospital. However, he has had a pair of
Outside Linebacker specific Traits
Instincts/Recognition 2 Shows a lot of versatility as a DE/LB hybrid in Texas’ diverse defensive scheme. He’s more comfortable at this point when working near the line of scrimmage and turned loose up the field. But he has good game experience both on and off the line of scrim
Strength/Toughness 3 Lower-body strength is the biggest issue with his game moving forward. He struggles to anchor versus the run and he really needs to put more bulk on his frame. He also needs to learn to take on blockers with better leverage. On the positive side, he ha
Range vs. Run 2 The first thing that stands out is his non-stop motor versus the run. Most edge rushers fail to give the same effort in run support, but that’s not the case with Kindle. He will pursue from behind and he shows excellent closing burst to the ball carrier
Tackling 2 Never quits on a play. Takes solid angles for a college DE. Explosive at the point of attack. Open-field tackling skills are only adequate at this point. Makes most of his tackles working up the field and in pursuit, but he flashes the ability to brea
3rd Down Capabilities 1 Displays very good initial burst off the edge as a pass rusher. Relentless in pursuit of the quarterback. Shows fluid double moves to get the OT on his heels and then exploit him when he’s off-balance. He displays some upper-body power and the ability

WalterFootball.com

Strengths:

  • Nice length with room to develop
  • Lots of experience in various roles
  • Very athletic
  • Nice closing speed
  • Love his flexibility
  • Great sideline-to-sideline range
  • Fluid lateral movements
  • Technically sound in coverage
  • Solid instincts
  • Versatile: Can play 4-3 SAM and 3-4 rush LB
  • Has some upside
    Weaknesses:
  • Serious problems shedding blocks
  • Inconsistent
  • Soft
  • Weak at point of attack
  • Only rush moves are speed and bull
  • Liability against the run
  • Stonewalled against talented linemen
  • Needs some development
  • Doesn’t live up to measureables
  • Questionable characterSummary: Kindle is strictly either an outside linebacker (4-3 and 3-4 schemes) or a third pass rusher at the next level. He looks very disinterested in playing physical football and is a finesse player without many pass rush moves, which is why I am not very high on him as a prospect. I think he has a lot of potential as a 3-4 rush linebacker, but he is a raw prospect. I’m worried about his game intangibles. Kindle is a projected second-round pick.Player Comparison: Kamerion Wimbley. Wimbley has had an inconsistent career. He lacks physicality, but he has great athleticism like Kindle.
  • NFL CBS Draft Scout

    One of the most coveted prospects in the country in 2006, Kindle’s play in the Army All-American Bowl had Longhorn fans hoping he’d be the team’s next big thing. But not until 2008 — the arrival of defensive coordinator Will Muschamp — did Kindle become a pass-rushing force.Kindle earned All-American and first-team All-Big 12 honors as a junior after making 12.5 tackles for loss and 10 sacks. Kindle also blocked a kick on special teams and made plays in the passing game more consistently than during his first two seasons (zero starts, 53 tackles in 2006-2007).In 2009, he earned All-American recognition from some outlets and Big 12 coaches named him to their all-conference second team. He made 70 tackles, 21.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks (2.5 in the BCS Championship Game against Alabama).Kindle’s off-field issues will be part of his draft resume. He served a three-game suspension in 2007 for a drunken driving charge. Then in July 2009, he made headlines by running his car into an apartment building because he was texting while driving.Teams running 4-3 or 3-4 base defenses should be enamored with his elite athleticism, ability to play in space, length and pass-rush skills. His inconsistency getting off blocks, even from tight ends, shows he has some room to grow before becoming an all-around playmaker.
    Analysis
    Read & React: A chase-down player who attacks and plays very well when free to roam. Excellent closing speed to the ball and strong reaction once a ballcarrier makes his move. Relies on his athleticism too much and his instincts are questionable. Will overrun plays and can be fooled by misdirection. Could improve his awareness by keeping eyes in the backfield when rushing the passer.Run defense: Has the length and change-of-direction agility to hold the corner. Closes down the line well, and has improved his willingness to chase downfield. Must improve his ability to disengage from blocks of NFL-caliber tackles, or even tight ends, on the edge. Strong enough to hold his ground on run plays and stand up in the trash when fresh, but his lack of bulk causes him to tire quickly when playing every down. Will run around blocks at times. Athletic enough to avoid cuts but doesn’t always use his hands well.Pass defense: His speed and length stops receivers and backs in their tracks on screen passes to at least force them inside. Quick enough to stay with tight ends in the flat or down the seam. A step late catching bootlegs run toward him, and not quite smooth or agile enough to make up ground. Brings down receivers quickly when dropping into zone from linebacker spot. Needs work on route recognition. Knocks down passes on the line and in coverage using his long arms, but does not have great hands for the interception.Tackling: Has very good closing speed. Difficult to avoid in space as he can break down and quickly change direction. Has the length to wrap up ballcarriers in the open field or shut down the edge after getting off outside blocks. Strong enough to arm-tackle backs and receivers. Proved more than capable on special teams early in his career because of his size and speed.Pass Rush/Blitz: Owns prototypical height, length and speed for an elite pass rusher. Quick off the snap whether lined up with his hand down or standing up. Explodes into quarterback. Can turn the corner and square to the quarterback quickly. Flashes a bull rush against tackles, but does not get off straight-on blocks to get secondary pressure. Stops his rush effort after initial contact. Gets picked up by running backs too easily, tries to dance around them instead of attacking.Intangibles: Nagging injuries, off-field issues and inconsistency are red flags to scouts. A quiet leader in the locker room who doesn’t act out when things are down or let negative press get to him. Father of Sergio, Jr.

    Draftboardinsider.com

    Scouting Report: Obviously, when you see Kindle you have no doubt you are looking at an elite athlete.  He’s got an incredible physique and I saw that with confidence in my manhood. He’s a superb athlete.  Kindle has made the transition from linebacker to that “Buck” DE spot, and it’s caused a significant drop in statistics.  Clearly he’s out of position, and will need to move back to be strictly a linebacker in the NFL.  Kindle’s strength is good but his quickness and burst are better. But when he’s working with his hand on the ground, he loses something in his technique especially against the run.  When he is able to get penetration he’s able to chase and tackle the ball carrier and is surprisingly a very good tackler.  Even though he’s not been able to accumulate a ton of sacks, he’s still able to generate a lot of pressure on the quarterback, and actually does a better job getting in the backfield on run plays from the Buck position.  I think if you want to see more about where Kindle can be in the NFL, you have to look at him in 2008 rather than 2009.

    Draft Status: I had Kindle rated very high going into the season.  As in a top 10 pick, but the move to DE, to try and replace Brian Orakpo hasn’t been a successful experiment.  How high he ends up being drafted will depend on a couple of things.  First, how committed is he to playing DE at the next level.  I think his future is as a 3-4 rush OLB, and with the number of 3-4 base defenses, there should be a spot for him in the first two rounds.  The next factor for him will be his offseason.  There is a chance that Kindle is going to measure off the charts in his workouts.  If he does, you know a team will fall in love with him (Al Davis anyone?), he could then find himself in the bottom of the first round/top of the 2nd round.  A far cry from where he was at the start of the season.

    Final Analysis: Let me explain that I think Kindle is the same player he was last season.  But a year out of position has hurt his stock, but not his skills.  I think a lot of people assumed Kindle would flourish at end, and in some aspects like TFLs and total tackles he did well but his sacks dropped and that’s what his money maker is.  Standing up, his first step is tremendous, and he can certainly be a double digit sack guy in the NFL from the rush OLB.  And his instincts for finding the ball carrier and bringing him down is also promising.  But here’s a few things I see Kindle needs to do.  He’s got to work better in a phone booth.  In space he’s awesome, but in tight quarters, he struggles. He’s got to maintain his conditioning.  Can’t be sucking for breath if you want to be an every down player.  He has to get stronger in his upper body if he’s going to beat tackles on a consistent basis.  And he’s got to do a better job working through the play on pass plays.  A lot of his pressures could have been sacks if he’s worked the back that picked him up.  Instead he eases up, still gets pressure, but misses the sack.  On the other side, he’s solid in coverage and an exceptional tackler.

    Reminds me of: Shaun Phillips, LB San Diego Chargers.  Similar physical types and athleticism.  Both struggle with strength and effort and are up and down with their play.


    Where the mocks have him falling

    Big Board Rankings

    ESPN’s Scouts Inc  24th

    Walterfootball.com (outside the top 25)

    Draftboardinsider.com 26th

    Mel Kiper Jr. 16th (prototye 3-4 OLB)

    Drafttek.com 3oth

    Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

    If you read the comparisions people give of Skill sets you see, DeMarcus Ware, Shaun Phillips you think to yourself wow this guy is going to be great.

    But there are some serious questions about Kindle, first is can he play in a 4-3 at all. My answer…Maybe. But NOT up along the DL. He might be able to play OLB in a 4-3 as a strong side linebacker who gets to work out in space.

    Then there are two other questions about Kindle: First did his numbers hurt from the position change or the fact that fantastic Brian Orakpo wasn’t there to take all the focus of opposing offenses this year.

    The other is does this guy have a brain in his head? Running into a building because you’re too busy texting AFTER already receiving a Drunk Driving Charge before is not a good indication of a guy who makes good decisions.

    Sergio Kindle is another one of these boom or bust prospects in this draft there are three easy examples of this: Carlos Dunlap, Taylor Mays, and Sergio Kindle.

    All three have athleticsm of a deity, but all also have a lot of questions about their football skills.

    Bartolis Summary and Final Verdict

    Personally, I think Clint Sintim will be a better N.F.L. player than Sergio Kindle would be in a 4-3 system.

    People don’t realize this but Clint Sintim’s last year was more productive than Sergio Kindle’s last year and probably more productive than either of Kindle’s last two seasons.

    I think if the Giants were moving to a 3-4 they would be interested in Sergio Kindle becuase he has the kind of upside that teams constantly gamble on, but in a 4-3 system, with a player that is very similar to what the Giants got last year in Sintim, I can’t see the Giants making a real run at Sergio Kindle in this draft, and if they do, I’ll be confused.

    But don’t let my confusion fool you, Kindle has the rare explosiveness that could translate into a double digit sack master from a 3-4 OLB position…not a 4-3.

    Pervious Profiles:

    ILB Sean Lee

    S Eric Berry

    OT Bruce Campbell

    ILB Daryl Washington

    DT/NT Dan Williams (Updated with K.C. Joyner’s Draft Lab 2/7)

    CB Kyle Wilson

    DT Jared Odrick

    DE Carlos Dunlap

    ILB Micah Johnson

    DT Arthur Jones

    OT Bryan Baluga

    OT Anthony Davis (UPDATED 2/5/10)

    DT Brian Price

    ILB Brandon Spikes

    S Earl Thomas

    ILB Rolando McClain

    RB C.J. Spiller

    S Taylor Mays

    What do you guys think of Sergio Kindle or any of the other prospects above…let’s hear it.

    Have a nice day, everyone.


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    16 Responses to “Prospect Profiles: OLB/DE Sergio Kindle (Texas)”

    1. Steve B says:

      I say no thanks, besides all the off the field drama, he is one of those guys where your not really sure where he fits, a “tweener.”

      We have Kiwi, Kehl, and Sintim who were all 3-4 OLB, and the Giants were not really sure where they fit best, are they an outside LB in the 4-3, or an DE in the 4-3? It takes a while to figure out where they are best suited. And giants need someone who can fill in right away.

      I think the Giants are going to wind up trading up to get McClain. Yea I know he is a 3-4 guy, but he is an ILB, not an OLB. So there is really only 2 choices, Inside on a 3-4 and inside on a 4-3. The question is can he be as productive as a 4-3 MLB, and I think he can. Some will question his speed to play that position, but he is definitly faster than Pierce, and he is built really well, 6’4″ 255-260.

      But who knows what Reese is gonig to do.

      • Jeremy says:

        1 hundred & 50% dido. I couldn’t have put it beter my self. But like Mario if he’s still there in the third round, excellent pick.

    2. […] My take: Not a fan of Kindle, and think that if the Giants are going to go linebacker (as Kiper has him listed) I don’t see them going outside linebacker. We have Sergio Kindle–his name is Clint Sintim. Read Jesse’s profile here […]

    3. […] My take: Not a fan of Kindle, and think that if the Giants are going to go linebacker (as Kiper has him listed) I don’t see them going outside linebacker. We have Sergio Kindle–his name is Clint Sintim. Read Jesse’s profile here […]

    4. […] My take: Not a fan of Kindle, and think that if the Giants are going to go linebacker (as Kiper has him listed) I don’t see them going outside linebacker. We have Sergio Kindle–his name is Clint Sintim. Read Jesse’s profile here […]

    5. […] My take: Not a fan of Kindle, and think that if the Giants are going to go linebacker (as Kiper has him listed) I don’t see them going outside linebacker. We have Sergio Kindle–his name is Clint Sintim. Read Jesse’s profile here […]

    6. […] My take: Not a fan of Kindle, and think that if the Giants are going to go linebacker (as Kiper has him listed) I don’t see them going outside linebacker. We have Sergio Kindle–his name is Clint Sintim. Read Jesse’s profile here […]

    7. […] My take: Not a fan of Kindle, and think that if the Giants are going to go linebacker (as Kiper has him listed) I don’t see them going outside linebacker. We have Sergio Kindle–his name is Clint Sintim. Read Jesse’s profile here […]

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