CB – #11 Georgia
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC)
HS Rating: 5 star (0.9855)
Phil Steele: PS#18
Derion Kendrick Scouting Report
Excellent speed. Stayed with some of the fastest receivers well. Very solid athlete. Great acceleration. Excellent burst. upper body strength leaves some room for improvement. Not really all that existent. Changes direction decently well. Ridiculous recovery. Get’s back into the play quickly.
Decent tackler. Tends to be hesitant to engage. Has a tendency to play the football instead of the receiver. Doesn’t control the tackle well. Plays the ball very well, much like a ball hawk. Plays the ball extremely well. Has the ball skills to work off of his assignment and play another receiver to try and make a play on the football. Tends to be too physical in coverage. Plays well beyond the five yards. Physical at the catch point. Plays effective zone coverage. Didn’t see him play press very often. Didn’t utilize a jam technique normally when he did.
What we want to see from Derion Kendrick in Mobile
- We really want a better understanding of Derion Kendrick’s press coverage ability, something we didn’t see very often back in college. Kendrick has the man coverage ability and likes to be physical, and with his recovery ability we’d assume that he’d be a great press corner. We’d just like to see it before we judge.
Pre-Senior Bowl projections
Derion Kendrick feels like a great NFL cornerback watching his film. His top-end athleticism appears to be the end-all in man coverage situations and he’s versatile, as NFL cornerbacks need to be in this modern day and age. Kendrick can play immediately and has some upside to be a good #1 cornerback.
We like Kendrick as much as a first/second-round prospect. His tools are there and the demand at the position should move him toward the top.