Texas' Kindle could have been NFL RB

INDIANAPOLIS -- Texas DE/OLB Sergio Kindle, who is projected as a first-round pick, gets compared to pass rushers such as ex-teammate Brian Orakpo.

Kindle easily could have been compared to bruising New York Giants RB Brandon Jacobs.

The 6-3, 250-pound Kindle was too humble to answer affirmatively when a reporter asked whether he could have played running back in the NFL. As someone who watched him play several times at Woodrow Wilson High, I have little doubt Kindle had that type of potential as a tailback.

This is a guy who was arguably the best running back in Dallas ISD history despite playing every down on defense. He rushed for more than 7,000 yards and 100 touchdowns during his high school career.

Mack Brown and Co. recruited Kindle as a linebacker, but there was some talk of him also playing a little offense. Kindle's father, Johnny Walker, lobbied for his son to get short-yardage carries until his eligibility expired.

"Them being the coaches and me being a player, I’m going to listen," Kindle said. "I could have [gone] either way. But I’ll tell you this, it’s a lot better to give a lick than take one."

I'll tell you this: Kindle delivered a lot of licks even when he had the ball tucked under his arm.