Derek Kinder, WR, Pittsburgh

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Derek Kinder, WR, Pittsburgh

Postby Pudge » Mon Nov 15, 2010 12:31 am

Derek Kinder
6-0/202 Pittsburgh
4.54 Senior

Pros: Has nice hands and does well using his size in traffic, shielding defenders. Is capable receiver on slants because of this. Effective on short and intermediate routes.

Cons: Has lapses in concentration and drops too many passes. Has only average speed and burst and will struggle to get separation at the next level. Is only a so-so blocker despite his size. Won't give you much after the catch due to lacking speed and quickness.

Overview: Kinder is the type of player that years ago stood a chance in the classic West Coast offense, but nowadays not so much. Was a promising player for Pitt, but missed all of 2007 with torn ACL, and never really bounced back as a senior.

NFL Forecast: Unless he can excel on special teams, he's not going to stick in the NFL. Maybe he can play in the AFL or UFL, where his size might be an asset, but he's not quick enough and too inconsistent to stick in the NFL. You see his potential, but never really put it all together as a senior. The type of player that could be a nice fifth receiver, but gives you little on offense and will have to become a special teams ace a la Kassim Osgood to last.

ATL Forecast: Unless Kinder can develop as a special teams player, he's not worth much for the Falcons. Might be able to take over finneran's special teams duties, but that's about it.

Value: He's not worth drafting, but some team should invite him to camp.
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