When the Ravens traded out of the first round I couldn't help but be a little disappointed that we missed out on high-profile guys like Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Jermaine Gresham. But, after looking at our first pick and the numbers that he put up in both high school and college I felt a lot better. With such a track record it's hard to not lay all your trust in Ozzie when it comes to the draft.
Sergio Kindle was a steal at 43rd overall.
Now it's known that he had some injury problems and some off-the-field issues, but the numbers don't lie.
Kindle was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Texas shortly after he was born. While in Texas, Kindle attended Woodrow Wilson High School where he played football, basketball, ran track and competed in the long jump. He lettered in all three of those sports as well.
On the football field he was a standout player recording 411 tackles and rushing for 5,632 yards and 86 TD's over his final three seasons. He was the only player in Texas history to win all-state honors on both offense and defense. Also, he was named the Parade AFL Ironman (best two-way player in the nation), the Old Spice Red Zone National Player of the Year and a first-team All-American by USA Today.
In college, Kindle moved primarily to the defensive side of the ball and special teams. In 45 games for the Longhorns, he recorded 168 tackles (104 solo), 13.5 sacks, 39 tackles for a loss, 56 pressures, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries during his career. Kindle was the first player to be named a finalist for the Butkus (nation's top linebacker) and Hendricks Awards (nation's top defensive end) and also was a three-time All-Big 12 selection.
In his senior year alone, Kindle's 62 tackles and three sacks helped Texas rank eighth nationally in scoring defense, third in total defense, first in rushing defense, 11th in pass efficiency defense and 23rd in pass defense.
Sounds a lot like the Ravens defensive rankings in 2009 doesn't it?
The fact that he was a major part of a defense ranked first in rushing makes me believe he'll be able to fit right into the Ravens' plans. Also, who better to learn from and watch than Ray Lewis himself.
Another thing that stood out to me was that he was a big part of Texas' community service program and regularly visits patients at the Austin Children's Hospital. A lot of Ravens have their own community projects and charities and they pride themselves on giving back to their community and it doesn't look like it will be any different with this kid.
In a conference call with Ravens' media members right after he was drafted, Kindle responded to how it felt to be a Raven by saying, "Are ya'll gonna beep out explicit language? Because man, it feels F'ing good."
Reading over the transcripts from the interview gives a view into the personality of Sergio Kindle. He's known as a great teammate and as quite a character. John Harbaugh said that he may have to put Kindle's locker on the opposite end of the room of Terrell Suggs' locker so that there isn't too much carrying on around them.
He has the personality, the toughness and the ability to get to the quarterback that the Ravens are looking for.
Hopefully he lives up to the hype.
What you may not know about Sergio Kindle (Provided by TexasFootball.com):
Favorite movie: The Nutty Professor
Favorite actor: Eddie Murphy
Favorite actress: Tasha Smith
Favorite TV channel: ESPN
Favorite music artist: Rick Ross
Favorite video game: NCAA Football
Favorite cartoon character: Family Guy
Nobody knows I can: Rap
Here's the question:
How do you feel about the Ravens' first pick of the draft after it all has sunk in?