In day-two of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles continue to draft big.
Reaping the rewards of having the Arizona Cardinals second rounder from the Kevin Kolb deal, the Eagles elected to bolster the linebacking corps by drafting Mychal Kendricks. The need at linebacker was glaring, and with a player like Kendricks still available, Philadelphia didn’t want to miss the chance to draft a future Pro-Bowler. This pick shouldn’t come at any surprise, as even though Kendricks is an inside linebacker, he has the versatility to bounce outside too.
There is really one word to describe Kendricks — utility. He literally can do it all. His pass coverage skills are excellent, he attacks the ball with great instincts, has perfect tackling mechanics, and is fast as a gazelle. Kendricks was widely considered the second best attacking 4-3 linebacker in the draft behind Luke Kulechly, and without question, the Cal product fills a huge need in Philadelphia.
This could easily be the best pick of the draft, as Kendricks will fill the void at linebacker. The idea of the recent addition in DeMeco Ryans and Kendricks attacking the ball is mesmerizing, and the two should combine to become a nasty tandem. With the drafting of Fletcher Cox in the first-round, any weakness the Eagles may have had up the middle has now been fixed.
There will no doubt be questions about the Eagles passing on higher-ranked linebacker, Lavonte David, but Kendricks was a safe pick and he should pay dividends immediately in 2012.
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