Javon Kinlaw better start researching real estate in northeast Florida.
That’s because six NFL mock drafts Spurs & Feathers found scattered across the internet have the former South Carolina defensive tackle getting picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.
Kinlaw to the Denver Broncos?
Five publications predict the latter will happen in that 2020 NFL Draft, which will take place from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25.
How about Kinlaw and Bryan Edwards getting chosen by the same team? D.J. Wonnum getting taken as high as the fourth round?
These can all happen for the South Carolina alumni, according to mock drafts.
Analysis has been shortened for clarity and brevity.
NFL.com/Lance Zierlein overview: “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.”
NFL comparison: Michael Brockers
Grade: 6.70 (Year-one quality starter)
NFL.com (Chad Reuter, April 1): No. 9 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars: “Kinlaw or Auburn DT Derrick Brown would be a great add to a defense that finished among the league’s worst against the run last season.”
The Denver Post (Ryan O’Halloran, March 27): No. 9 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars: “Jaguars signed defensive linemen Al Woods and Rodney Gunter in free agency. Kinlaw completes the quick up-front rebuild.”
The San Diego Union Tribune (Eddie Brown, March 18): No. 9 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars: “The Jaguars defensive line is currently being rebuilt with Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus and Yannick Ngakoue all headed elsewhere. Kinlaw has the potential to be a force against the pass and run at the next level.”
WalterFootball.com (April 7): No. 9 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars: “Kinlaw is a great athlete, and he has been a major disruptor in 2019. He dominated the Senior Bowl, just like Aaron Donald did six years ago.”
Bleacher Report (Brent Sobleski, April 11): No. 9 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars.
NBC Sports (Peter King): “Defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. Another defensive lineman in the first round?!! This sounds crazy, and maybe it is, after all the first-round defensive-line capital the Niners have used up. (Consider Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Nick Bosa in the last five drafts.) But I hear the Niners are desperate for a space-eating defensive tackle who can threaten the pocket, and that’s what the 315-pound and athletic Kinlaw does.”
Draftsite.com (April 23): No. 13 overall, San Francisco 49ers (from Indianapolis).
Sports Illustrated (Kevin Hanson, April 2): No. 14 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars (from Philadelphia): “Not only have the Jaguars declined the option on Marcell Dareus, but they agreed to trade Calais Campbell to the Ravens for a fifth-round pick. With a blend of size, length, strength and quickness, Kinlaw generated 10 sacks over the past two seasons despite consistently facing double teams.”
247Sports (Lance Cartelli, March 17): No. 14 overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: “The Buccaneers opt not to draft Jameis Winston’s replacement in the first round. Instead, the Bucs add to an up-and-coming defense with the disruptive South Carolina defensive lineman.”
FOX Sports (Jason McIntyre, April 7): No. 15 overall, Denver Broncos: “If Kinlaw is somehow available here, what a steal for the Broncos. Denver did add Jurrell Casey to a front seven that already includes Bradley Chubb and Von Miller, but the addition of Kinlaw — who could go as high as ninth — would be a grand slam.”
CBS.com (Josh Edwards, March 27): No. 15 overall, Denver Broncos: “Denver acquired Jurrell Casey but has otherwise undergone significant changes at the positions. Kinlaw can be a staple and a part of the long-term plan for the Broncos. His presence will benefit Bradley Chubb and Von Miller.”
SB Nation (Dan Kadar, March 16): No. 15 overall, Denver Broncos: “The Broncos need defensive line help, and Kinlaw would be a steal with the 15th pick. In three years at South Carolina, the long-limbed Kinlaw had nearly as many passes broken up (10) as sacks (10.5). For a 320-pounder, Kinlaw moves around with ease. He can play end in three-man fronts and has the size to plug gaps.”
DraftWire/USA Today (Luke Easterling, April 11): No. 15 overall, Denver Broncos.
CBS Sports (Patrik Walker, April 11): No. 15, Denver Broncos: “Despite the top three WRs being gone and the Cowboys having jumped them to steal Henderson, landing Kinlaw is not simply a consolation prize. Throwing him in the mix with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb creates a devastating pass rush.”
Sporting News (April 7, Vinnie Iyer): No. 16 overall, Atlanta Falcons: “The Falcons addressed the edge in free agency by signing Dante Fowler Jr. so here they work to better flank Fowler and Grady Jarrett from the inside. Kinlaw (6-5, 324 pounds) knows how to use his size and arms to complement his strength and power at the point of attack.”
The Ringer (April 8): No. 18 overall, Miami Dolphins: “Versatile defensive lineman with excellent length, strength, and get-off; consistently creates havoc in the backfield no matter where he lines up.”
NFLDraftGeek.com (Brian Johannes, April 7): No. 19, Las Vegas Raiders (from Chicago).
NFL.com (Chad Reuter, April 1): Third round, No. 66 overall, Washington Redskins.
Sports Illustrated (Kevin Hanson, April 2): Third round, No. 76 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars (via trade).
Sporting News (April 7, Vinnie Iyer): Third round, No. 92 overall, Baltimore Ravens: “The Ravens have some speed and athleticism in their receiving corps for Lamar Jackson, but need to add a tough target to the mix. Edwards (6-3, 212 pounds) projects as a physical possession receiver who can dominate the short-to-intermediate area.”
DraftWire/USA Today (Luke Easterling, March 11): Third round, No. 96 overall, Kansas City Chiefs.
CBS.com (Josh Edwards, March 27): Fourth round, No. 110 overall, New York Giants. “Edwards has been a productive wide receiver. New York offers another outlet to Daniel Jones.”
The San Diego Union Tribune (Eddie Brown, March 18): No. 116 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars.
WalterFootball.com (April 7): Fourth round, No. 118 overall, Denver Broncos: “I could see the Broncos doubling up on receivers to really strengthen the position.”
Draftsite.com: Fifth round, No. 169 overall, New Orleans Saints.
WalterFootball.com (Updated April 7): Fourth round, No. 141 overall, Miami Dolphins. “The Dolphins have a very weak pass rush, so multiple players are needed on the edge. D.J. Wonnum has impressive speed and athleticism on the edge.”
Sporting News (April 7, Vinnie Iyer): Sixth round, No. 184 overall, Carolina Panthers.
DraftWire/USA Today (Luke Easterling, March 11): Sixth round, No. 200 overall, Chicago Bears (via Philadelphia).
Draftsite.com: Seventh round, No. 237 overall, Tennessee Titans.
CBS.com (Josh Edwards, March 27): Seventh round, No. 250 overall, Houston Texans. “Houston adds some late pass rush help with Wonnum.”
Sporting News (April 7, Vinnie Iyer): Fifth round, No. 166 overall, Detroit Lions.
Sporting News (April 7, Vinnie Iyer): Sixth round, No. 207 overall, Buffalo Bills.