Prospect Profiles: Lance Kendricks

LANCE KENDRICKS, TE, WISCONSIN

Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 241, 4.8

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

Strengths:
• Outstanding athleticism, speed, quickness and agility
• Soft hands and will pluck the ball away from frame
• Fantastic body control, leaping ability and ball skills
• Runs good routes and simply knows how to get open
• Able to get separation from defenders and has a burst
• Shows the ability to get vertical and threaten seam
• Good vision and will pick up yardage after the catch
• A well above average blocker and gives terrific effort
• Aggressive with decent strength and nice toughness
• Is real versatile and can be lined up all over the field
• Mature, hard working and is respected by teammates
• Is just starting to emerge and still has some upside

Weaknesses:
• An undersized ‘tweener with average height and bulk
• Will drop catchable balls due to lack of concentration
• Not necessarily a physically dominant, mauling blocker
• Must learn to take a little better care of the football
• Might have some minor health and durability concerns

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Athletic… Plays faster than timed speed… Gets off the LOS quickly… Good short area quickness… Reaches top speed quickly… Can get separation… Good flexibility, body control and balance… Good receiver… Finds holes in zone coverage… Adjusts to the ball well… Good but inconsistent hands… Can stretch the field… Good receiver… Physical… Runs hard… Does not go down easy… Strong stiff arm… Will break some tackles… Breaks down reasonably well and can generally hit a moving target… Takes good angles… Plays with reasonably good leverage… Coming from a run-first program that has produced many quality tight ends in recent memory… Well-rounded player… Could also be considered as an H-Back, fullback and slot receiver… Selected All-Big Ten first team for the 2010 season… Was one of the fastest tight ends in the shuttle and put up 25 reps on the bench at the combine.

Negatives: Has a tendency to tip his breaks… Makes some catches with his body… Inconsistent concentration… Had several drops during combine workouts… Adequate in-line blocker… Doesn’t play to his weight room strength… Doesn’t generate much power… Can be pushed back and can be driven off the ball.

NFL Draft Gab:

Strengths: A very good overall athlete. A fluid and easy mover in space. Good release quickness off the line of scrimmage and has the ability to settle in his route quickly. A natural pass catcher with soft hands, knows when to snatch or cradle the ball in. Understands coverage and shows the ability to adjust quickly, gear down, and settle in a soft spot within the underneath zone. Has the balance to tiptoe the sideline and extend his body to make catches away from his frame while staying in his route. Solid route runner and doesn’t round off to come out of his breaks. Has the speed to stretch the seam and separate from linebackers or get a step on the safety. Lined up in-line and flexed out; stayed on the field for spread sets. Good blocker at the second level, shows that he can get inside of linebackers and neutralize their pursuit.

Needs Improvement: Loses concentration at times and will feel the incoming defender; leading to short arms and dropped passes. Has narrow hips and isn’t strong enough in his base to drive defensive ends or even linebackers off the line; at best he can wall-off and seal the edge. Releases high off the line in run support and gets thrown around even when he wins leverage. On the ground too much. Can be bumped off routes by linebackers.

Bottom Line: Kendricks started his career at wide receiver, and it shows as he looks more like a bulked up wideout than a natural tight end. His pass catching and route running ability in a pro-style offense make him a viable option in the passing game for teams. His athletic and physical abilities are closely similar to former teammate and 3rd round pick of the New York Giants, Travis Beckum.

Kendricks offers the same skill set and value and will likely be best used in motion sets (move end), blocking linebackers and safeties on the perimeter and providing an outlet target for the quarterback. Has the speed to be a downfield threat if used correctly.

Draft Projection: Mid 3rd to mid 4th round.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

Lance Kendricks is Travis Beckum. Same player, same school, same size. Kendricks may be a bit better blocker, but, other than that, they are the same player. There are some who think the Giants need to replace Kevin Boss. I am not in that camp. They need a blocking tight end, and need to use Beckum more. But they don’t need to get someone like Kendricks. He’s too similar to Beckum and wouldn’t replace Boss.

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