Going into the 2010 NFL Draft, many draft specialists and NFL analysts projected outside linebacker Sergio Kindle to go in the early to late first round. They had him going to Miami at #12, 13th to the 49ers, and the farthest I saw him drop in the mock drafts was to #23 where he was projected to become a Packer. Scouts Inc rated him as a 92, the 3rd best OLB in the whole draft, and the highest rated player taken in the second round.
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Sergio Kindle had some concerns coming into the draft; about his size, his off the field troubles, and most notably his durability issues, particularly with his
knee. In my opinion, his talent overrides all of the questions we may have about him. He has a non-stop motor, and has an attitude built for a Baltimore Ravens’ locker room, “I’m getting Rookie of the Year,” Kindle declared in his first press conference after being selected by the Ravens.
Kindle, according to NFLDraftScout.com is perfect for the base 3-4 defense, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal conducted a poll with 17 NFL Scouts and concluded that Kindle, was in fact, the #1 OLB for the 3-4 defense in this draft. The Ravens plan to use this All-American defensive standout as Jarret Johnson, and will also assume special teams duties that he also had at his time with the Texas Longhorns.
The bottom line is that Ozzie Newsome snagged a first round talent in the mid second round, and Sergio Kindle is ready to play, “I get to the quarterback, that’s my deal,” Kindle said. “Getting to the quarterback is my specialty. The sky’s going to be the limit.”