Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon

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Josh Kaddu, OLB, Oregon

Postby Pudge » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:14 pm

Oregon Senior
40: 4.65e


Has good straight-line speed that flashes range at times to make plays in pursuit. Has good closing burst on the ball and will deliver a hit. Does his best work when allowed to attack upfield. Able to make plays on the backside pursuit against the run because of his burst. Has a decent first step off the edge, and coupled with his straight-line speed flashes potential as a bull rusher. Able to jolt tackle off the ball when he does get his hands inside. At times will be able to get off a block at the point of attack, break down and wrap up the ballcarrier. Able to jam the tight end off the line to prevent him from getting into his route. Shows decent hips and flexibility to adjust in space, and his speed offers some potential to match up in coverage against tight ends.


Not a very strong tackler and looks to hit more than make the sound, wrap tackler. Doesn't have the first step to really blow by the offensive tackle off the edge. Hasn't quite learned how to dip the shoulder and turn the corner. Doesn't really have many pass rush moves, tending to run around blocks. Doesn't know how to use his hands to get inside and be a consistent bull rusher. Gets jolted off his rush too easily by a tackle or chipping tight end. Struggles to get the jam in coverage when working against the tight end in the slot. Doesn't do well when he's forced to turn and run with tight ends. Gets caught looking in the backfield in coverage, and lacks a feel for playing in space. Not great playing near the line of scrimmage, because he can't beat blocks by even mediocre blocking tight ends at the point of attack. Plays on his heels too much against the run and can be caught out of position too often against the zone read option.


Kaddu has talent, and was an effective outside linebacker in Oregon's 3-4 scheme. He played on the strongside mostly and that's the position he probably projects to the best in the pros, but more as a 4-3 SAM linebacker than a 3-4 guy. While he has tools to work with as a pass rusher, he just hasn't quite put it all together and would be dominated at this point by NFL offensive tackles. And he's not quite natural projecting to a 4-3 because he doesn't play that well on the line of scrimmage and lacks the feel for playing in space. That can be developed, but he's potentially a player that is a career backup and will have to carve a niche on special teams to really stand a chance of developing.


(9/3) vs. LSU: 1 sack
(10/6) vs. California: 1 TFl, 1 stuff, 1 pressure; 0 targets, 0 rec., 0 yds
(11/12) at Stanford: 0.5 sacks; 1 tgt., 1 rec. 8 yds, 5 YAC, 0 TDs
(12/2) vs. UCLA: 1 stuff; 1 tgt., 1 rec, 30 yds, 12 YAC, 0 TDs
(1/2) vs. Wisconsin: 0.5 stuffs, 1 pressure; 1 missed tackle; 0 tgt., 0 rec. 0 yds


2011: 14 GP/14 GS, 50 tackles, 9.5 TFLs, 6.5 sacks, 0 INTs, 2 PDs, 0 FF, 0 FR
2010: 13/13-32-6.5-2.5-0-2-0-0
2009: 7/1-21-4.0-1.0-0-0-1-0
2008: 6/0-5-0.0-0.0-0-0-0-0


Kaddu reminds me of Stephen Nicholas a bit with a similar size, frame, and comparable speed and athleticism. But unlike Nicholas, I'm not sure Kaddu will translate and contribute in the pros as quickly, especailly if he goes to a 4-3 team. Nicholas played in a Tampa-2-esque scheme at South Florida, while Kaddu will be transitioning from the 3-4. I think like Nicholas, Kaddu will have to carve a niche and role on special teams before he can really be expected to make contributions on an NFL roster. And if he plays well there for two or three years, then you could see him being plugged into the starting lineup and becoming a comparable complementary starter on the strongside in a 4-3 scheme. I don't see him becoming any more effective a starter than Nicholas is because similarly he'll struggle to match up in coverage against wideouts and the better tight ends. But he won't be incompetent there. And like Nicholas, he can contribute as a pass rusher and plays fast and physical against the run, but similarly is not the world's best tackler. Kaddu can be a role player for a 4-3 team that will likely be pulled on third downs, but because of his ability to play special teams, toughness, and the fact that he's competent in most areas, means he can stick in the pros. He might also be able to work in a 3-4 scheme as well, but he'll need to bulk up and really improve as a bull rusher. He could be developed there, and because of his abilities as a pass rusher and his lacking abilities vs. the run and pass he might make a better option there. But even still, he'd probably be a backup. Even if he improves as a bull rusher, he's probably at best a guy that is a 3-5 sack guy. And the majority of 3-4 teams really can't live with that limited production on the edge, unless you can make up for it in other areas, which is probably not going to be the case with Kaddu.


Stephen Nicholas, Falcons.


Kaddu like Nicholas could make an effective outside linebacker in the Falcons planned hybrid 3-4/4-3 scheme in the future. But he's not really an upgrade over Nicholas, just a guy that can sit the bench for a couple of years, and then eventually replace him down the road. He'd probably give the Falcons the exact same thing that Nicholas does which is a competent starter, but not someone who is particularly good. If he can produce early on special teams, he might earn a backup role for a couple of seasons. But if he does become a starter down the road, it won't be a testament to his skill, it'll be because the Falcons really don't have any better options available.


Kaddu is worth a draft pick because he should be able to produce on special teams, can add depth, and be developed as a starter down the line. But because he's more likely to be a career backup than a proven starter, the earliest he should be selected is the sixth round.

1-pathetic, 2-poor, 3-weak, 4-below average, 5-average, 6-above average, 7-good, 8-very good, 9-excellent, 10-elite

Speed: 6.5
Strength: 6.0
Tackling: 5.0
Coverage: 4.0
Point of Attack: 4.0
Instincts: 4.0
Pass Rush: 6.5
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