Derion Kendrick
Derion Kendrick  CB  Georgia | NFL Draft 2022 Souting Report - Portrait Image
Derion Kendrick
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Rock Hill, SC
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Derion Kendrick Prospect Overview

Derion Kendrick CB Georgia | NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Derion Kendrick CB Georgia
NFL Draft Profile & Scouting Report

Overall Rank: #102 Position Rank: #16 (DB)
40 time: 4.79 seconds
Height: 6-0 Weight: 202
Hands: 9 1/8 Arms: 30 6/8 Span: 74
Date of Birth: 08/24/2000 Age: 22.3
NFL Combine & Pro-Day Results
Overall Rating: 82.5 / 100
Game performance weighted rating
QB Rating When targeted: 50.4
Run Defense:
DRAFT PROJECTION: 4th Position rank: #16
College Games: 40 College Snaps: 1859
ESPN College Recruiting
Grade: Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars Model.PlayerDetailFlat.RecruitingStarRating ESPN  Stars (85/100)
College Combine Results
OVR Rank: #35 Pos Rank: #6 State Rank: #1
College Combine Results
LosAngeles Rams Drafted: ROUND: 6 - Pick Number: 212 (LAR)
Draft Profile: Bio
Derion Kendrick was a five-star wide receiver and rated the fourth-best at the position in the 2018 class - he was also awarded the Gatorade South Carolina Player of the Year. He was much much in demand and received offers from all the big schools but committed to Clemson.
As a WR Kendrick was often compared to Sammy Watkins, however, he didn't get a lot of opportunities early on until an injury crisis in the defensive backfield led him to play as an emergency CB. It quickly became obvious that he was a better corner than wideout and what followed was 15 starts and a selection on the All-ACC team.
Kendrick would have an impressive 2020 where he would make 20 tackles, a tackle for loss, 6 pass breakups, and the interception he also earned first-team All-ACC honors.

After a messy divorce with Clemson for a mostly undisclosed reason, Kendrick transferred to Georgia for the 2021 season where he aims to further improve his draft stock as a senior.
Scouting Report: Strengths
  • Fits best in a zone system at the next level due to size and ability to close to the ball.
  • Being a former a WR gives him a unique insight into the position and it shows on the field
  • Rare hand-eye coordination and agility, vision, and third gear to make a living in the return game.
  • He has impressed against lower competition but often needs safety to help in man coverage, especially on deep routes. May get overpowered by more physical receivers at the next level. .
  • Smart player who reads the QB well
  • Excellent hands and easily plucks the ball out of air
  • Willing to help out in the run game despite not possessing a strong build
  • Kendrick can force the ball away from receivers and has caused fumbles as a result.
  • Has good cover skills, athleticism, and big-play ability to be a lead cornerback if he matures.
  • Aware zone cornerback who is also adept in man coverage, flashing physical hand punch at the line and straight-line speed to stay with receivers downfield.
  • Good strength to tackle. Plays with high energy and is a tough-minded overachiever.
  • He has the athletic ability to be glue in man coverage he doesn't give up many big plays
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
  • Holds the ball loosely. Inconsistent in run support. Average tackler
  • Inconsistent getting off of blocks. Can be a step slow to react when a quarterback comes back to his side of the field late in progression.
  • Fails to maintain inside technique in man coverage. Not a press corner.
  • Still learning the position after player WR for most of his career
  • He has impressed against lower competition but often needs safety to help in man coverage, especially on deep routes. May get overpowered by more physical receivers at the next level. .
  • Some character concerns - one of which led to him leaving Clemson and transferring to Georgia - may put teams off
  • Kendrick is quick in short areas but some have questioned his speed on deep routes where he was beaten on some deep routes while at Clemson. The combine - should he choose to run will clear this up
  • After not taking part in the drills at the combine he ran at the Georgia proday where he ran a very slow 4.75 40 yard dash
Scouting Report: Summary
Kendrick has been all daft boards of late going anyway where from the 2nd to the 5th round.
He'd probably fit best in the NFL as an outside corner in a zone scheme but at a push can play man. The combine will be a good test and could impact his stock for the 2022 NFL Draft, he will get a chance to clear up the questions over his deep speed - although from our research he has performed well in that area. *Update following Georgia proday* -- He ran a poor 4.75 40 only confirming the doubts over his long speed.
Providing teams can overlook a spotty character issue history we consider him to be good value as a late 3rd round - early 4th-round prospect.
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