2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

PFN Chief Draft Analyst Tony Pauline's scouting report on 2020 NFL Draft prospect DT Javon Kinlaw of South Carolina.

2020 NFL Draft Scouting Report
Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

Career Snapshot
Junior-college transfer who started all three of his seasons at South Carolina. Earned First Team All-SEC honors and made 35 tackles (six for loss) with six sacks and two pass breakups as a senior in 2019. Made 38 tackles (10 for loss) with 4.5 sacks, five pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a junior. Missed one game in 2018 after he underwent a hip procedure.

Positives
Large, athletic defensive tackle who is developing a three-down game. Possesses tremendous first-step quickness and plays with outstanding pad level and balance. Explosive and draws double teams from opponents. Gets leverage on blockers and keeps his feet moving. Fluid, easily changes direction and quickly alters his angle of attack to pursue the action. Moves incredibly well for a big man, flashes power and knocks double-team blocks off the line.

Negatives
Must develop more moves and techniques with his hands. Does not always play under control. Stands to improve his balance.

Analysis
Kinlaw displayed terrific development in both his game and his conditioning the past two seasons. He comes with upside, possesses scheme versatility and, if coached properly, offers big-time potential the next level.

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Tony Pauline is the Chief Draft Analyst for Pro Football Network. You can read all of Tony’s work here and give him a follow on Twitter @TonyPauline.

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