Javon Kinlaw has seen his draft stock rise ever since the season started to the point he's expected to be a first-round pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft. The former South Carolina standout is far from a finished product, but even if he doesn't reach his full potential, he should still develop into a consistent disruptor up front.
Javon Kinlaw Draft Profile
College: South Carolina
Kinlaw is still ascending. He has all the physical traits you look for in an interior disruptor — a broad, sturdy 300-plus-pound frame with absurdly long arms. His movement skills are off the charts for a 300-pounder, both as far as upfield quickness and his speed in pursuit. And he puts those movement skills to use with an absolutely unstoppable motor — he’ll show up downfield making a tackle a few times every game. But he will make his living in opposing backfields. His explosiveness off the snap, long arms and strong hands allow him to beat blocks with relative ease. And once he’s past his blocker, his closing speed is outstanding. He has the requisite strength to work as a two-gap lineman, with the power to eat up multiple blockers in the run game.
There are some rough edges to his game, as Kinlaw relied heavily on athleticism and effort to win at the college level. He will need to add some refined pass-rush moves to win consistently at the next level. As a run defender, he needs to do a better job locating the ball and not over-running plays in the backfield, and he needs to be more disciplined in maintaining his pad level when taking on double-teams, where he can give up ground on occasion.
He’s not quite refined, but that might just mean he hasn’t reached his ceiling. He has the ability to get upfield consistently, even if he offers a little more of a risk/reward proposition. He offers the ability to be molded a couple of different ways, but he might be at his best as a nose shade in an even front.
Final Grade: 1st round