Draft Scout Snapshot:DS Rating on 8/24/08: #37 WR, #311/750 Overall, Projected Rnd: FA 2007: Missed all of the 2007 season due to knee surgery…suffered a season-ending ACL (right) injury during the first week of training camp, necessitating the surgery...2006: 12 GP; 12 GS; Rec: 57-847-14.9-6; PR: 2-14-7-0; Coming off an outstanding junior season in which he earned first team All-Big East and was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award…enters 2007 as an All-America candidate…led the Panthers in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (847)…ranked second in the Big East in receptions per game (4.75) and third in receiving yards per game (70.6)…his six TD catches were the second-highest total in the conference…also is a tough blocker and tenacious special teams performer…Kinder keyed Darrelle Revis' 73-yard punt return TD vs. West Virginia with a devastating block that took out two defenders…the return - and the block - earned "College Football Play of the Year" honors from ESPN...2005: 11 GP; 8 GS; Rec: 37-374-10.1-3; Emerged as a starting wideout during the opening month of the 2005 season...played in all 11 games, starting eight...Pitt's second-leading receiver with 37 catches for 374 yards (10.1 avg.) and three TDs... 2004: 9 GP; 0 GS; Rec: 1-3-3-0; Played in nine games to letter...had one catch -- a three-yard TD reception at Notre Dame that tied the game at 7-7 in the opening quarter.
Post-Draft Outlook: A closer look at the Bears' picks: Round 7/251 -- Derek Kinder, WR, 6-1, 210, Pittsburgh...This fifth-year senior flanker would have been more prized had he been in the 2007 draft. Kinder was a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist in the fall of 2006 when he caught 57 passes for 847 yards and six TDs, but he missed the 2007 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. He recovered to post 36 catches for 422 yards and three scores last fall. - by The Sports Xchange
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