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Hoover grad Kendricks drafted in 2nd round by Vikings

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With the 13th pick of the second round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected Hoover High graduate and UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks on Friday.

Kendricks ended his college career as the Bruins’ all-time leading tackler with 481 stops and was named the 2014 Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in college football.

His personal character, as well as his productivity, caught the eye of NFL execs.

“His production and character makes it easy for a scout to bang the table for him,” an NFC West regional scout told NFL.com. “The only blow-back I anticipate in my room is regarding his size, but if you stick him at the WILL spot, I don’t think it matters.”

His older brother Mychal Kendricks plays linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. The two teams aren’t scheduled to play this year, but may face each other in the playoffs.

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