Eric Kendricks will have to wait another day to hear his name called at the NFL draft.
The Butkus Award winner and Lott IMPACT Trophy winner saw names announced on his television during the first round in Chicago on Thursday, but not his.
Kendricks will likely get selected in early to mid-second round today in Chicago.
If selected, he would be the seventh former Hoover High player to be drafted.
The others were Rod Perry (1975, Los Angeles Rams), Henry Ellard (1983, Los Angeles Rams), Rod Horn (1980, Cincinnati Bengals), Bob Glazebrook (1978, Oakland Raiders), Kevin Robinson (2008, Kansas City Chiefs) and older brother Mychal Kendricks (2012, Philadelphia Eagles). Lee Harris and Ryan Wetnight signed as undrafted free agents and spent time in the NFL.
Mychal Kendricks had to wait, too. He was taken in the second round (46th overall).
ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. thought the 31st pick would’ve been a ideal spot for Eric Kendricks, but the New Orleans Saints elected to go with another inside linebacker in Stephone Anthony of Clemson. Kendricks had a pre-draft visit with the Saints but he didn’t have a work-out.
After a total of four linebackers went in the first round, Kiper has Kendricks the fifth best available overall player heading into the second and third rounds today.
As a Hoover senior in 2009, Kendricks piled up 117 tackles and also made two interceptions while earning first-team All-Bee honors. On offense, he scored 14 touchdowns.
“He will be a great pick-up,” Hoover High athletic director Tim Carey said. “He is an amazing young man and a student of the game. An extremely hard-working and dedicated young man. He has been building towards this day for as long as I’ve known him, just like Mychal.”
Kendricks saved some of his best for his last college season, earning the Butkus Award and Lott Trophy while pacing the Bruins with 149 tackles — 101 solo. He finished with 481 over four years to overtake Jerry Robinson for the top career tackles spot at the Pac-12 school.
Kendricks is in a good group as a Butkus Award honoree: In addition to Patrick Willis (Mississippi, 2006), recent winners who have gone on to star in the NFL include C.J. Mosley (Alabama, 2013), Luke Kuechly (Boston College, 2011) and Von Miller (Texas A&M, 2010).
Meanwhile, ex-Fresno State star Derron Smith could also hear his name called today. Smith is projected to go in the middle of the third round.
Smith finished his four-year Bulldogs career with 304 tackles, 15 interceptions and four sacks. He also had kick return duties all four seasons. Smith is rated the fifth best available safety by Kiper.