Is an above-average route runner at this stage who exhibits the balance and body control to quickly get out of his breaks and accelerate away from man coverage. Has a tendency to start to drift into his routes and will show his breaks a bit early, but uses his frame well to shield defenders from the throw. Also, possesses a good feel for zone coverage, knows how to find soft spots and quickly get his head around in search of the throw. Demonstrates the coordination and body control to consistently adjust to the throw and displays soft hands when asked to reel in the tough grab.
Exhibits a willingness to block as a motion man, takes good angles into contact and can consistently kick out defenders on contact on the move. Now, isn’t going to drive anyone off the football in the run game and is rarely run behind, but is athletic and long enough to quickly get around reach blocks and seal off the edge.
Impression: Looks like the next talented Wisconsin tight end to come out of the program. Lacks ideal size, but can be a tough cover in the pass game and knows how to get around blocks and seal in the run game. I don’t think if he will ever be a legit starting “on the line Y” in the NFL, but he certainly has the ability to make his way onto the field and create plays in the pass game at a variety of positions."
However, what’s even more impressive about his game is his ability to kick-out defenders and win in the run game as a move player. Kendricks offers an intriguing combination of body control, flexibility and power and does a great job going into motion, taking good angles toward his target and absolutely eliminating his man at the point.
Now, he does do a solid job as an in-line blocker as well, but as a potential move H-back type option, Kendricks can win for you not only in the pass game, but as a run blocker as well."
UW tight ends coach Joe Rudolph, a former offensive guard for the program, likes the way Kendricks handles himself physically as a lead blocker for the tailback at the point of attack.
"He's about as tough as they come and he plays big," Rudolph said. "Boy, he's blossomed into a really good player. And you have to love his unselfishness, his greatest attribute. Ask him to execute 15 lead blocks in a row, he'd be happy to do it. Ask him to run 15 routes in a row, he'd be happy to do that. Whatever you ask him to do, he works his tail off." – Madison.com
He can play out wide and has enough speed to create mismatches against linebackers in coverage. He had a breakout performance come in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl with seven receptions for 128 yards. He also sprung two huge blocks on two plays, which led to Wisconsin's only two touchdowns of the game. Kendricks stood out and showed his full talent in the game to NFL scouts.
Kendricks tends to cradle catches into his body rather than catching balls with his hands. He makes up for this problem by having great body control and makes great adjustments to the ball in mid-air.
Given his speed, catching ability and above-average talent as a run-blocker, Kendricks projects as a second round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft."
He is a Coach's Dream: A guy who is a true and rare Force, both in the Passing Game AND in the Running Game: A true Hybrid who can play Tight End or Wing End ~ or, best of all: Wing Back!! ~ and excel. A 2nd Round or 3rd Round projection, he's possibly the best Offensive End in the DRAFT, and is a VERY strong Value.
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