With the No. 46 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to go with Mychal Kendricks, one of Cal's most dynamic and explosive linebackers in recent memory. Kendricks is one of the most intriguing talents out there at linebacker who can play either inside or outside. He possessed excellent run stopping ability, can rush the passer, and play in the open field in pass coverage to either disrupt passers or tackle receivers.
Kendricks was flying under-the-radar for most of the season, but then he excelled at the NFL Combine, posting the fastest 40 time by a linebacker since 2000 and also posting great numbers in the broad and the vertical jump. Kendricks won 2011 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Honors after leading one of the best defenses in the conference at Cal. Kendricks could be a huge defensive asset and might be a challenger to crack the starting rotation.
He joins a Philadelphia defense that hasn't lived up to expectations with its star-studded roster of elite cornerbacks.