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Friday, April 23, 2010
Kindle's slide ends at Baltimore

By Tim MacMahon


Texas-ex Sergio Kindle, a Woodrow Wilson High product, was projected as a mid-first round pick. Then his stock dropped drastically due to concerns about the defensive end/outside linebacker's right knee.

The Baltimore Ravens got a bargain with the 43rd overall pick, one pick before the Oakland Raiders selected Longhorn DT LaMarr Houston.

"That's one of my favorite picks of the night," ESPN's Jon Gruden said. "I love Sergio Kindle. If you liked Brian Orakpo of the Redskins last year, you'll really like Sergio Kindle."

Teams are concerned that Kindle could need microfracture surgery on his knee. He wasn't able to work out for some teams due to a pinched patella tendon, according to Woodrow Wilson coach Bobby Estes, who said he will not need another surgery. Kindle had microfracture surgery the winter before his junior year at Texas, recovering well enough to record double-digit sacks that season.

"Sergio was the best player I played against last year," Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy tweeted. "I can say that confidently."

In the Ravens' 3-4 scheme, double-digit sack totals for Kindle could be the norm.