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Name: Josh Kaddu 
College: Oregon     Number: 56
Height: 6-3   Weight: 239
Position: OLB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: Sr/2012

40 Time: 4.67

Projected Round: 3-4
     Stock: 
Rated number 11 out of 135 OLB's      116 / 1971 TOTAL
Combine Invite: 
Height: 6031
Weight: 239
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
Wonderlic: 0
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 20
Vertical Jump: 34
Broad Jump: 09'11"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

Dates: 03/15/12
Height: 6031
Weight: 239
40 Yrd Dash: 
20 Yrd Dash: 
10 Yrd Dash: 
225 Lb. Bench Reps: 
Vertical Jump: 
Broad Jump: 10'03"
20 Yrd Shuttle: 
3-Cone Drill: 

 Overview

  Kaddu (Kah-DOO) was a three-star linebacker recruit out of high school, choosing Oregon over Arizona, Arizona State and Washington. He was expected to redshirt in 2008, but came off the bench and played in six games, recording 5 tackles. Kaddu saw more playing time in 2009 as a sophomore before a broken leg ended his season, finishing with 21 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack and 1 forced fumble.

He became a full-time starter at strong-side linebacker in 2010 as a junior (13 starts), recording 32 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 2 pass break-ups. Kaddu had his most productive season in 2011 as a senior (14 starts), finishing with 50 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks and 2 pass break-ups, earning First Team All-Pac 12 honors.

Kaddu is a gifted athlete with an impressive frame and a lot of raw ability -- offers a lot of value as a rangy and athletic tackler with the footwork to hold up in space. He needs to get stronger to do more damage at the point of attack and is very unpolished with the mental aspect of the position -- streaky instincts and anticipation. Kaddu is an impressive physical specimen with ideal size and athleticism for the position, but needs to develop the rest of his game -- a better athlete than football player at this point, but he has the upside to warrant draft consideration in the top 100 picks.

ANAYLYSIS
Strengths: Looks the part with a strong, long frame with good arm length (33 1/4 inches). Fluid and flexible athlete with agile footwork and explosive quickness. Has very good playing speed and is fast in pursuit, chasing down the action with closing burst. Coordinated and looks natural in space. Physical at the point of attack and works hard to shed blocks. Enjoys contact and is a forceful tackler, hitting with some pop. Effective blitzer with the speed to reach the backfield and create backside pressure -- finished second on the team in sacks (6.5) and tackles for loss (9.5) as a senior. Energetic defender who looks like he's having fun on the field and plays with a high motor -- aggressive nature and shows a killer instinct. Started the last 27 games at strong-side linebacker for the Ducks and has extensive experience on special teams coverage.

Weaknesses: Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame. Has inconsistent read/react skills with streaky awareness when asked to drop in coverage. Is like a bull in a china shop with his aggressive style of play, causing him to play undisciplined and over pursue -- questionable instincts and reckless intensity. Has underdeveloped technique to his game and appears unpolished. Gets upright with poor pad level. Played mostly near the line of scrimmage at Oregon and has limited experience dropping into coverage. Had very average production over his career with only 128 career tackles -- didn't finish among the top-five tacklers on the team in 2011.

NFL Comparison: Thomas Howard, Cincinnati Bengals

-- Dane Brugler


 Analysis

  Strengths: Looks the part with a strong, long frame with good arm length. Fluid and flexible athlete with agile footwork and explosive get-off quickness. Has very good playing speed and is fast in pursuit, chasing down the action with a closing burst. Coordinated and looks natural in space. Physical at the point of attack and works hard to shed blocks. Enjoys contact and is a forceful tackler. Effective blitzer with the speed to reach the backfield and create backside pressure. High motor, aggressive nature and killer instinct. Extensive experience on special-teams coverage.

Weaknesses: Has lean limbs and needs to get stronger and add bulk to his frame. Has inconsistent read/react skills with streaky awareness when asked to drop in coverage. Is like a bull in a China shop with his aggressive style of play, causing him to play undisciplined and overpursue. Questionable instincts and reckless intensity. Doesn't flash much technique to his game. Very average production.


 2011 Season

  All-Pac-12 first team (Pac-12 coaches, Phil Steele) … Started all 14 games at SAM linebacker … Second on the squad with 6.5 sacks… One tackle in win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl … Had six tackles in win vs. UCLA in the Pac-12 Championship Game … Made four tackles, one for loss of five yards vs. USC … 0.5 sack for a 2-yard loss to go with three stops in win at Stanford … Recorded four tackles, including three solo stops and one sack for a loss of four yards in victory at Washington … Held to a single tackle in win vs. Washington State … Had a game-high 10 tackles, all solo, including a career-high 2.0 sacks for a 12-yard loss in win at Colorado … Also had an additional TFL for a 1-yard loss against the Buffaloes … Recorded five tackles, including one sack for a 3-yard loss and another TFL for a loss of two yards in win vs. Arizona State … Credited with one quarterback hurry and two solo tackles in victory vs. California … One sack for a 7-yard loss and a pair of solo stops in win at Arizona … Totaled five tackles, four of the solo variety vs. Missouri State … Had one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry and made three solo tackles in win over Nevada … Three tackles, including one sack for a 6-yard loss against LSU … Led all linebackers with a 32.5-inch vertical leap during winter conditioning.

 2010 Season

  13-game starter at SAM linebacker tied for fifth on the team with 6.5 TFLs … Made one solo stop in the BCS National Championship Game vs. Auburn … One tackle at Oregon State and two stops, including a TFL in win vs. Arizona … Had a single tackle and pass breakup at Cal … One sack for a 14-yard loss and three tackles in win over Washington … Three tackles and a sack at USC and four stops, including a TFL vs. UCLA … Four tackles, 0.5 for loss at Washington State … A trio of tackles and a quarterback hurry in win over Stanford … Held to one tackle, amounting to 0.5 for loss in win at Arizona State … Team-high (tie) four solo stops among his five tackles in win vs. Portland State … First career pass breakup to go with three tackles and 1.0 TFL for a 3-yard loss in victory at Tennessee … Assisted on one stop, 0.5 TFL in win over New Mexico … Sat out spring practice while recovering from injury … 355-lb. bench press tied for third among linebackers during winter testing.

 2009 Season

  Cited for being a minor in possession of alcohol in March 2010. Accumulated 21 tackles in seven appearances, with four tackles for loss and one sack … Made his debut in the starting lineup against Utah, posting four tackles against the Utes … Increased his playing time with each game before a foot injury forced him to the sidelines for the rest of the regular season prior to the USC game … Played at least 20 snaps in each of the seven games he appeared, with a season-high 54 plays against both Utah and Purdue.

 2008 Season

  Originally expected to redshirt, was called on to fill a special teams void five games into the season … Appeared in six games and totaled five tackles, including a pair of solo stops in his debut at Washington State … Also made a pair of tackles at Oregon State.

 High School

  Earned letters in football, basketball and track at Vacaville High School … Ranked as the 33rd-best strongside linebacker prospect in the country by Scout.com as well as included on its California Top 100 (99th) as one of the state’s top recruits … Named a three-star recruit by Scout.com and two-star recruit by Rivals.com … Finished his senior season ranked third in the Monticello Empire League in tackles with 92 stops (69 unassisted), 5.5 quarterback sacks (3rd in the league) and two interceptions … Included was a season-high 13 tackles vs. Vallejo … Also carried the ball 10 times for 78 yards and grabbed five catches for 155 yards and one touchdown … Helped Mike Papadopoulos’ team take home the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I football championship in 2006 with a 37-36 victory against Merced, the school’s first ever football title.

 Personal

  Born Joshua I. Kaddu on March 12, 1990 in Richmond, Calif. Parents: Fred and Margaret Kaddu. Family: One brother, three sisters. High School (Coach): Vacaville (Mike Papadopoulos).

 
 Draft Scout Player News
09/10/14 - LB Josh Kaddu was signed to the practice squad by the Vikings Tuesday (Sept. 9). Kaddu joins the Vikings after spending the 2014 preseason with the Philadelphia Eagles.
10/23/13 - --LB Josh Kaddu was cut, then signed to the practice squad. Kaddu, a fifth-round pick last year, was released to make room for LT Bryant McKinnie. Kaddu cleared waivers and was brought back.
10/22/13 - LB Josh Kaddu was waived to make room on the roster for OT Bryant McKinnie.
05/29/12 - LB Josh Kaddu
04/30/12 - A closer look at the Dolphins' picks: Round 5/155 - Josh Kaddu, LB, 6-3, 235, Oregon...He's an athletic, rangy player who has experience playing in a 3-4 scheme. The Dolphins envision he'll perform well enough to land one of the spots on the 53-man roster and become a core special teams player. - The Sports Xchange

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