The Browns selected TCU free safety Derrick Kindred in the fourth round (No. 129 overall) of the NFL Draft on Saturday.
Kindred played all last season with a broken left collarbone, compiling 87 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles in 13 starts.
Here are notes on the 5-foot-10, 207-pound Kindred from NFLDraftScout.com Dane Brugler's draft guide.
BACKGROUND: A two-star cornerback recruit, Kindred starred at running back and safety in high school and committed to TCU over Iowa State and Houston. He played mostly special teams as a true freshman safety (one start), recording 20 tackles and two passes defended. Kindred came off the bench again as a sophomore (three starts) and posted 48 tackles, seven passes defended and two interceptions. He became a full-time starter as a junior in 2014, recording 80 tackles, nine passes defended and four interceptions to earn All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. Kindred again started all 13 games as a senior in 2015 and finished with 87 tackles, five passes defended and two interceptions, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors.
STRENGTHS: Well-built for the position…very good range and unforced acceleration, changing gears well when chasing…collects his footwork well on the move to turn and carry receivers vertically…fearless in run support, zeroing in on his target and going for the knockout blow…fills with a powerful shoulder and explodes at contact…stays low on his tackle attempts and looks to separate man from ball…strong hands to latch and finish or keep ballcarriers contained until help arrives…quick to key, read and flow, diagnosing play speed well…no one can question his toughness after playing through a broken left collarbone his entire senior season…can create after the interception with two defensive touchdowns, averaging 17.5 yards per return (8/140/2)…reliable starting production vs. both the pass and the run – also played on special teams coverages.
WEAKNESSES: Bad habit of slowing his feet prior to contact, allowing shifty ballcarriers to set him up…needs to better force the action downhill and restrict run lanes…physical striker, but needs to consistently face-up and wrap to finish…body thickness creates mechanical movements, needing a moment to plant, gather and go…overeager pursuit angles to the outside…undeveloped route recognition and eye discipline…needs to better find the ball in deep coverage, misjudging and finding himself out of position…small catch radius and lacks playmaking ballskills…durability needs to check out after playing through his left shoulder injury (Aug. 2015) as a senior.
SUMMARY: A two-year starter at TCU, Kindred lined up at free safety in the Horned Frogs’ 4-2-5 scheme, showing consistent improvement each season. A week prior to the 2015 season, Kindred suffered a broken collarbone and the trainers recommended surgery, but he decided to play through the injury and didn’t miss a start as a senior. He didn’t allow the injury to deter his attacking mindset or aggressiveness, always hunting and seeking out contact. Kindred has above average straight-line speed for the position, which shows on kickoff and punt coverages, but he plays with some stiffness and struggles to anticipate routes. Although his lapses in coverage lowers his pro ceiling, Kindred has the grit and competitive nature to make a roster as a back-up and special teamer.