Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Eagles sign 4 draft picks, including Kendricks, Curry

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to terms with 2012 draft selections LB Mychal Kendricks, DE Vinny Curry, T Dennis Kelly, and WR Marvin McNutt on four-year deals.

The 2011 Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Kendricks played in all 51 games (29 starts) during his four-year career at California, amassing 258 tackles, 36.5 tackles for a loss, 13.5 sacks, seven fumble recoveries, four interceptions, one touchdown return, and a blocked punt. Kendricks was recognized as an All-America selection by several outlets as a senior in 2011 after leading the team with 106 total tackles while collecting three sacks and two interceptions. He earned second team All-Pac-10 honors as a junior in 2010, ranking among the conference and national leaders with 8.5 sacks. As a sophomore in 2009, Kendricks finished second on team with 71 tackles, adding one sack and one interception that he returned 68 yards for a touchdown against UCLA.

Kendricks, a Fresno, CA native, starred at Hoover High School as both a linebacker and running back. He led the team with 175 tackles and four sacks as a senior, while also compiling 1,035 all purpose yards and six touchdowns. His father, Marvin Kendricks, was in training camp as a running back with the Eagles in 1976 after playing in the CFL and WFL following his graduation from UCLA in 1972.


Curry, the Eagles second-round draft selection, finished his collegiate career at Marshall with 26 sacks, 49 tackles for a loss and 10 forced fumbles. Curry was tabbed as the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year after registering 11 sacks, seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for a loss as a senior in 2011. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors as a junior in 2010, leading all defensive linemen in the nation with 94 total tackles and ranked fifth in the country with 12 sacks. In 2009, Curry was named an All-Conference USA honorable mention after recording 59 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks. A lifelong Eagles fan and Neptune, NJ native, Curry attended Harmon Community School (Cincinnati, OH) in 2007, where he was selected as the Team’s MVP. A standout performer at Neptune High School, Curry garnered first-team all-state, all-shore, all-county and all-conference honors and was recognized as the team’s captain and MVP.

Kelly, the Eagles fifth-round draft choice and a Chicago Heights, IL native, compiled a streak of 37 consecutive starts at left tackle from 2009-11. An All-Big 10 honorable mention in both 2010 and 2011 at Purdue, Kelly was also named the team's Bob Griese Offensive Most Valuable Player during his junior and senior seasons. Kelly earned his degree in organizational leadership and supervision. A three-year starter at tight end while at Marian Catholic High School, he earned an all-area selection and was named team captain as a senior.  

McNutt, the Eagles sixth-round selection, posted a program-best 2,861 receiving yards and 28 touchdowns on 107 receptions during his four-year career with the Hawkeyes. The St. Louis, MO, native collected 82 catches for a conference-best 1,315 yards and a school-record 12 TDs en route to a first team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2011. In 2010, McNutt received second team All-Big Ten honors after reeling in a team-high 53 receptions for 861 yards and eight scores. McNutt notched a team-leading eight scores along with 34 catches for 674 in his first season at wide receiver during his sophomore campaign in 2009 after serving as the third string quarterback as a redshirt freshman. An all-around athlete who also received scholarship offers in basketball and baseball, McNutt did not start playing football until his sophomore year at Hazelwood Central High School.
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