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ILB Eric Kendricks - Minnesota Vikings

6-0, 232Born: 2-29-1992College: UCLADrafted: Round 2

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Summary

Kendricks has proven himself to be one of the best young linebackers in the game. Last year, he went over 100 combined tackles and assists. He even returned an interception for a touchdown. He also recorded two and a half sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. He benefits from a stellar defensive front that keeps him clean to make tackles. He also plays beside college teammate and roommate Anthony Barr. Because they have spent so much time together, they seem better able to read what the other will do and feed off of one another. There has been some speculation that Kendricks could be bumped to outside linebacker by the coaching staff in 2017, which would be a big hit to his IDP value. This is a very unlikely outcome, as the team will likely trust the experienced Emmanuel Lamur to start on the outside. If Kendricks is not moved from middle linebacker, he will remain one of the top linebacker options in tackle-heavy formats. (June 13)

FBG Staff Rankings

ILB Redraft - 20, 17, 19, 19, 20, 22, 22
Overall Redraft - 32, 21, 30, 31, 38, 39, 42
ILB Dynasty - 17, 13, 19
Overall Dynasty - 39, 29, 51

Stats and Projections

YEARGTKLASTSCKFFFRINTPDTD
2015 MIN 14 73 20 4 0 0 0 1 0
2016 MIN 15 70 39 2.5 1 1 1 8 1
2017 PROJ-Rudnicki 16 82 * * * * * * *
2017 PROJ-Norton 16 79 * * * * * * *

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2017 Schedule

1vs New Orleans Saints
2@ Pittsburgh Steelers
3vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Chicago Bears
6vs Green Bay Packers
7vs Baltimore Ravens
8@ Cleveland Browns
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Washington Redskins
11vs Los Angeles Rams
12@ Detroit Lions
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Cincinnati Bengals
16@ Green Bay Packers
17vs Chicago Bears