1. Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
Size: 6-5, 324
The Good: As is he’s a special athlete and prospect with elite size, length, and quickness off the ball when it’s time to make something big happen. But there’s a chance he’s just scratching the surface with the upside to otherworldly.
He’s got all the athleticism and versatility to fit anywhere, but the real key is his power and pop. There’s a whole lot in his arsenal that he can use as a playmaker in the backfield as well as a run stopper. He made 82 tackles with ten sacks and 17 tackles for loss in his South Carolina career, but he was also the one everyone needed to worry about.
The Not-So-Good: He’s not Derrick Brown. The Auburn star defensive tackle has almost no bust potential and should be a sure-thing starter. Kinlaw is more of the shot-for-the-stars. He needs a little more overall technique work, and yeah, the overall stat-sheet production was a wee bit light for a player with his skills.
Throw in any red flags a team might have after he came off a hip injury, and there’s just enough there to potentially make Brown the top defensive tackle pick.
NFL Draft College Perspective Thought: The fight and the effort are always there, and he’s got the ability to take his game to another place once he’s surrounded by other NFL talents. Out of all of the tackles in the draft, he’s one who might just progress into the Man’s Man category of guys who are just at a whole different level. He’s worth the top ten overall pick to find out.
Projected Round: First