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Done Deal With LB Kendricks

Posted May 8, 2012

One down, eight to go for the Eagles as the team announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms on a four-year deal with second-round pick Mychal Kendricks, a linebacker out of California. Kendricks, 5-11, 239, was the 46th overall pick and the first of the Eagles' two second-rounders. One of nine draft picks by the Eagles this year, Kendricks is expected to compete right away for a starting job at the SAM linebacker position.

The Pat Tillman Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year as a senior in 2011, Kendricks played in all 51 games (29 starts) during his four-year career at California, amassing 258 tackles, 36.5 tackles for a loss, 13.5 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions, one touchdown return, and a blocked punt. Kendricks was recognized as an All-America selection by several outlets as a senior in 2011 after leading the team with 106 total tackles while collecting three sacks and two interceptions. He earned second team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior in 2010, ranking among the conference and national leaders with 8.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 2009, Kendricks finished second on team with 71 tackles, adding one sack and one interception that he returned 68 yards for a touchdown against UCLA.

The last time the Eagles selected a player from Cal in the second round of the draft, they hit the jackpot with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was rewarded with a second contract earlier this offseason. If everything works out as the Eagles' envision it, perhaps Kendricks will find himself in a similar position four years from now.

Click here to read Kendricks' bio, and here to find out more about what makes the rookie tick as he sits down with our Insider Dave Spadaro.

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