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Draft Scout Eric Kendricks News
09/01/15 - LB Eric Kendricks looked sharp working with the first nickel defense alongside fellow UCLA teammate Anthony Barr. Expect Kendricks to win the second nickel linebacker position while the team uses his speed to replace 32-year-old Chad Greenway in that role.
08/27/15 - LB Eric Kendricks, who started the third preseason game at middle linebacker, will work with the first nickel sub package alongside Anthony Barr. Look for Kendricks to win the No. 1 nickel role as the Vikings take advantage of the rookie's speed while reducing the number of snaps for 32-year-old Chad Greenway.
05/07/15 - LB Eric Kendricks, selected by the Vikings in the second round of the draft (45th overall), agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday (May 7).
05/04/15 - For the seventh time since he became general manager in 2012, Rick Spielman reunited college teammates on the Minnesota Vikings' roster when he selected UCLA inside linebacker Eric Kendricks in the second round. He's expected to start alongside Anthony Barr, the team's strong-side backer who had a standout year as the ninth overall draft pick in 2014. The normally reserved Barr was giddy with excitement and took to Twitter, writing, "I feel like I just got drafted again lol". Asked if he had any idea that Kendricks would be drafted, Barr said, "No. Not at all. There are 32 NFL teams and what are the odds that he's our choice in the second round?" Spielman and coach Mike Zimmer, however, had been targeting Kendricks to fill a hole for them. Spielman was in communication with several teams about trying to trade down. But then Kendricks started to fall right toward them.
"We had a lot of activity," Spielman said. "I had a lot of texts out. But I said, 'Yeah, we're good. We'll stay here and take that player.'" Told that Barr said he didn't know anything about the team's interest, Spielman smiled, knowing exactly why he didn't want to share inside information with Barr. "He tweets too much," Spielman said. "You know how I am about Twitter. Guys that we like we can just say, alright we're good, we're not going to mention his name anymore." - The Sports Xchange
05/04/15 - A closer look at the Vikings' 10 picks: Round 2/45 - Eric Kendricks, MLB, 6-0, 230, UCLA...He'll be reunited with former Bruins teammate, roommate and best friend Anthony Barr as two of the Vikings' starting linemen. He's expected to start at middle linebacker, replacing Jasper Brinkley in the base and Chad Greenway in the sub packages. Also has the skill set to be Greenway's heir apparent on the outside, if necessary. - The Sports Xchange