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Kindle: A look beyond stats and 40 times

So now you know that Mike Mayock believes the Dolphins will draft outside linebacker candidate Sergio Kindle because he is rated No. 7 among the draft analyst's best players, and Miami needs a defensive playmaker, and all those great football reasons.

And that is dandy for an analyst looking purely at a player's skill set and matching them to a team's needs. But drafting for an NFL team is more than purely projecting whether a player can play a position or adjust to a scheme or has the physical prowess to perform.

NFL drafting is also about knowing the person, his habits, his character. And Mayock doesn't measure any of that which the Dolphins must absolutely measure before taking a gamble on anyone such as Kindle.

You see, Kindle, by all accounts a fine athlete, has had some off-field issues during his 22 years on the planet. And the Dolphins must and will collect data on those issues and include them in their evaluation of Kindle.

This isn't new. Every team does this. But for some reason, unless the issues are obvious, guys such as Mayock and Mel Kiper rarely account for them. They loved Rey Maualuga last year, but didn't say anything about the drinking problem that most teams were aware of. Not surprisingly, Maualuga, supremely talented, had a drunk driving incident in January and then reportedly checked himself into a alcohol rebabilitation center.

Now you understand why he didn't go higher in the 2009 draft?

Kindle's current state of mind and character is for NFL teams to judge now. But I can tell you he's had trouble before that Mayock didnt mention in speaking about him Tuesday on a national conference call.

In July of 2007, when Kindle was a sophomore, he was arrested for DWI. He was suspended for the first three games of the season and had to perform community service.

In June of 2009, just prior to Kindle's final season at Texas, he was involved in a car accident in which he drove his car into an apartment building at 2:50 in the morning on a Wednesday. Kindle then got the help of some friends, pulled the car out of the wrecked apartment, and put it on the street.

Then Kindle fled the scene. Having suffered a concussion, his story is he was very tired and simply went home to sleep. Kindle claims there was no alcohol involved in this accident and that he was simply texting a coach when it happened.

(Um, show of hands in the comments section for anyone who totally buys this story.)

Kindle's car, by the way, was registered to his father: Johnny Walker.

I kid you not.

Anyway, even if you are a believer, you must wonder how Kindle would handle playing in a town like mine because we got a couple of places to party down here. Fact is, even people close to Kindle wonder if he should be playing in a town like Miami.

Kindle's high school coach Bobby Estes told the New York Times in January that he and his wife "cringe" at the idea of Kindle ending up in a city like Miami and are hopeful, instead, he ends up "in a cold-weather city so he would stay inside more."

“Is he Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow citing Scripture? No,” Estes said. “But I do know that he knows right from wrong. I hope he’s making mature choices."

Kindle told the newspaper stories about his reputation as a drinker and a partier don't worry him. He told the newspaper he's "not the Sergio of '06-'07," and is now "walking a straight line."

Well, it's up to NFL teams to find out if that "straight line" is one drawn by a cop during a field sobriety test.

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We don't want Peppers in Miami. If you know anything about this guy, he takes plays off. Besides, he is going to want ridiculous money. The only reason you might consider him is to keep him away from New England but honestly, I'd be Ok with them tying big bucks to this guy.

And for the guy who said McClain SUCKS, based on what? What about this guy makes you think he sucks? I guess you must know something that all the experts don't? The guy ends up winning the Burkus award and you say he 'sucks'. Your a bright man!!

Menace . i was out for my mother's birthday yesterday but i saw your post. sarasota U M numbnuts takes the cake !!

Look for (Gebril) to be cut in the next few days.No worries.

I' always , you should go back to your original name . it's authentic and Original. I'm always is stupid.:)

Craig, its simple your a simple minded fool.And angry at that.

Menace . i was out for my mother's birthday yesterday but i saw your post. sarasota U M numbnuts takes the cake !!

Posted by: NJ PHIN FAN | February 24, 2010 at 06:20 PM

Agree 100 %

Rob In OC , that's the problem . Wilson is NOT A FREE SAFETY !!. Also i've got a player for you to keep an eye On. Carlton Mitchell from south florida. 6-4 215 pounds runs in the 4.45 range. OF the 40 balls he caught , 8 went for 50 yds or more. He will be a steal in round 3 and he might move into the 2nd with a good combine. check him out. forget dez !!

later fellas !!

olb first? why? nolan will make wake the dumerville of this defense and charlie anderson is very capable on the other side. he led the team in tackles the three games he started and had a 3sack game. maybe hes not a superstar but one rule of the draft ive beleived in since helping the dolphins with the draft in the late 80s and that never make a good position great when you can make a poor one good.unless its QB ie marino. pickett at dt? he was a bust for the rams and hdnt done anything now until his contract year.

Craig,talking about being a bright person what about the comment you made about the BURKUS AWARD.And may i say your a VERY BRIGHT PERSON.

the plumber nj knows lot about original and authentic .

Like you mean original like being po pink trash and po black trash how you copy po white trash

Aloco,good to see you here.You are the man.

HAAAAAAAAAAA

NJPHIN TRASH,man i love that.The family is growing.

NJ IS FAMOUS FOR ITS TRASH .WE HAVE THE BEST TRASH IN THE US .

NJPHIN,well i can,t argue with that.But here in NY we have it up to are Necks.YOU WIN.

Po-Back,

So I made a spelling mistake....big deal!! You knew what I mean. I have no time for smart a**es like you. Take a hike pal!!

There again you prove my POINT.Go take a flying leap 3rd grader.You got STUPID.WHY?

CRAIG IS RIGHT AND PO-BLACK IS JUST A PONY .

Try sticking to talking to football, my man. That's what this blog is about. If you want to get into name calling maybe you should find another blog. If you don't know anything about football, as I suspect, then maybe you let the rest of us enjoy talking about it.

Thanks NJ....appreciate it....

THAT'S RIGHT CRAIG , LEAVE US TALK FOOTBALL .

Let me guess....now your impersonating other guys. Your going to get run, man....but go ahead. Armando will track you down.....

How many Molsons will Mark in Toronto drink if Canada wins????

I hope Canada can pull it off, I would like to see a rematch with the U.S.A. for Gold

Craig, WOW.Are you done.I do know football maybe not as GREAT as you.But i did NOT start this YOU DID.Like your some kind of GENIUS.Would you like to start over maybe?

STICK TO FOOTBALL MAN , STICK TO FOOTBALL PO-BALACK.

Where is poor Golfito trash?

YOU ARE NOT TRASH , YOU ARE DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH CARLITO.

Thanks,NJPHIN TRASH.

Let me first say i really wish we get a DT with the 12th pick.

3-0 CANADA

3-1 CANADA

THANKS FOR THE REPORT NJPHIN.GO CANADA.I CAN SEE A REMATCH.WE WIN THE GOLD.

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HOKEY IS A GREAT SPORT NOT LIKE FOOTBALL .JUST BIG FAT MAMAS .

NJPHIN TRASH, what is HOKEY?

KOKEY IS HOCKEY PO .

WOW I"M CCEAR NOW.THANKS NJPHIN TRASH.

YO WECOME

EVERY TIME I SEE YOU
I FEEL YOU
I LOVE TO BE
A BIRD FLYING

Sorry for the goof on (CLEAR).I"m studying for a exam.And reading and typing to you.

OK, TIME TO CALL IT A NIGHT ,LATER .

5-1

6-1

Good Night NJPHIN TRASH.Hope you can get a life Craig.

6-2

7-2

But I don't think anything he's written is unfair to the other guys based on that love for Graham.

Posted by: Finheavenblows! | February 24, 2010 at 10:21 AM

One thing for sure....finheavens man love for Armando....he stands by his man. LOL bwahahahaha

Id be surprised if the Trifecta got any decent work done via FA this year.Theres not that much around.Dansby is hinting that the GIANTS is his preferred option while word is Rolle wants the WETS....other than that all the others are past their prime or not a major upgrade at all.....this then means that they will need MORE picks in the draft...theyre gonna draft DOWN to 15th anget picks...theyl pick up GRAHAM at 15th and then go NT and another linebacker.....I think theyl do the Boldin trade...all the rest will have to be lower rounds stuff....Thomas the WR with the broken foot will be a steal in the 4th round if there......we should get 11 picks I feel..but lose a 3rd for Boldin...10 left

No room for errors or luxury speculative picks...why not trade WHITE now???.....I beleive he still would fetch a 3rd...????

Alf from Ozzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

bigalfy,

What makes you think any team will give up a 3rd for White?

While I haven't expressed the thought here, on Sunday morning I started questioning wether a loss to the US would be a bad thing. Seemed Team Canada was missing some cohesion - they just were not playing like a team. They seemed to click against the weaker German team and comepletely dominated a very powerful Russian team tonight.

I like what I saw today..

GO CANADA GO

I'm with you Lips!! GO CANADA GO!!!

They looked great tonight!! I have to think that Brodeur's play took a little bit out of their sails on Sunday. We still have a long way to go and the Swedes or Slovaks will be tough!! Would love to get another crack at the Americans. I think that could be a Game for the Ages!!

WE WANT MILLER!!!!.....bring him on!!

Bigafly is a Such a DILL !!!

GO TEAM USA GO
GO TEAM USA GO
GO TEAM USA GO
GO TEAM USA GO

Go check out Pro football talk theres a HUGH rumor at the combine that the fins WILL PAY for Carlos Dansby!!!!

Bigalfy I am not knocking you, but you say we need MORE picks for the draft, then not even 4 sentences later say we need to acquire Boldin? I'm not seeing the logic here.

I told you , bigafly is a DILL !!!

Td in the house...Key word "rumor" and there will be tons of rumors this week

TD IN THE HOUSE,

WOW! That would be killer and I hope it's 100% true. From now till after the draft it will be extremely hard to tell intentionally floated rumors, from real rumors, from kinda true, to cold hard facts.

It would be one huge step in returning stability to a DEF that is transitioning to a new DC, already will lose one cagey vet in Porter (I'm totally fine with that) and may end up losing what has been a heart and soul mainstay on DEF for a long, long time in Taylor(I still think he has one more year to contribute as a role player if he signs off on that). He and Zack epitomize true pro's that would give anything to win and play every game as if it was their last. In Zacks case it's already past tense and may be for Taylor as well depending how FA goes and what comes from the draft.

I feel if the Fins pick up Dansby they at least have another veteran leader if they chose to part ways with Taylor. Can't say enough about good about Taylor's career and hope that he is at least considered for the HoF someday.

Cheers,

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