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2020 Draft Profile: South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw has 'Pro Bowl potential'

South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw

Height / Weight: 6'5" / 324 lbs

2019 stats: 12 games, 35 tackles (15 solo), 6.0 sacks, 6.0 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two passes defended

Accolades: First-Team All-SEC (2019)

2020 NFL Draft prospect rankings: Daniel Jeremiah's Top 50 - #8

Giants current depth at DT: Leonard Williams, Dexter Lawrence, Dalvin Tomlinson, B.J. Hill, RJ McIntosh, Chris Slayton's Daniel Jeremiah: Kinlaw is a hulking defensive tackle prospect. As a pass rusher, he has a sudden get-off and he's quick to shoot his hands and drive back blockers. He will also incorporate a push/pull move on occasion. He does need to broaden his arsenal of moves, but there is tremendous upside. Against the run, he easily locks out single blocks, but he gets washed by angle blocks and double teams. His effort is solid. Kinlaw showed out against elite competition, but he played down to the level of lesser opponents. Overall, Kinlaw's best football is in front of him and he has Pro Bowl potential.

View photos of South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw.’s Lance Zierlein: For a player with so many elite physical traits, Kinlaw's tape was much more inconsistent than expected. He had moments where he was able to use his size, length and power to overwhelm opponents, but poor pad level and an inability to harness his energy coming off the snap led to body control and balance issues that prevented him from reaching his full potential. He can be a disruptive force along the interior with that explosive first step and freaky physical gifts, but utilizing his heavy hands and plus length as a read-and-react 3-4 end might allow for improved technique, control and consistency. No matter the front, Kinlaw's traits and potential could make him a solid starter early in his career.

ESPN's Mel Kiper: With a massive frame and great athleticism for his size, Kinlaw is physically gifted. And we know NFL teams are looking for interior pass-rushers, which is what Kinlaw can provide. After putting up 4.5 sacks in 2018, he had six last season. And he is getting to quarterbacks with quickness and power. Kinlaw moves really well for his size, and he can eat up blockers in the running game. He was really good at the Senior Bowl a few weeks ago, and he should perform well at the combine.

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