Javon Kinlaw

Defensive Tackle

South Carolina

6' 5"

324 lbs



Injury History: Hip Injury: Required Surgery After the Season (2018)

Games Evaluated: 2019 Vs: Georgia, Alabama 2018 Vs: Clemson

Report By: Roy Countryman

Scouting Report


Q.A.B. / C.O.D.: 8.60
Flexibility: 8.50
Explosiveness: 8.60
Playing Speed: 8.10
Coordination: 8.60

A physical marvel with all the ingredients necessary to become a dominant DL. He has long arms with excellent strength and bulk throughout. He has an explosive first step and can flash by OL who are slow off the snap. His ability to penetrate into the backfield is enhanced by his snap anticipation which when paired with his get off makes it hard for OL to keep him at bay. Works his way down the formation laterally with impressive pace and timing to corral ball carriers for little to no gain. Possesses rare bend for an interior pass rusher and understands how to get skinny through splits. He plays hard but under control with great balance, was hardly ever on the ground.


Initial Quickness: 8.50
Use of Hands: 8.50
Leverage: 7.50
Pass Rush Moves: 8.50
Finish Ability: 8.60

Excellent first step quickness off the snap, especially when you factor in his penchant to time up the snap. Lined up off the LOS by a half a yard on some occasions just to give him a variance of burst and angle of penetration. Has heavy hands that once they are engaged are hard to shed. Can steer and OL at will where he wants them and flashed the ability to clog up blocks to allow his teammates to do some damage. Displayed a better understanding of leverage in 2019 than in 2018 as you saw few reps of him popping up out of his stance off the ball. He has a wide arsenal of pass-rushing moves that include Push-Pull, Bull Rush, Dip, Swim, Swipe, Swipe-Dip, and Long Arm. Due to his incredible length, he is able to wrap up and reach plays most wouldn't be able to. He also plays with great awareness and will get his hands up into throwing lanes when his pass rush is stunted.


Toughness: 8.50
Production: 7.00

Exceptional toughness not only on the gridiron to play through injury and constant double teams to make an impact but off the field as well. He had a rough upbringing that included his family being homeless and even living in a house where they couldn't bathe with hot water. He was somewhat of an underachieving talent until after the birth of his daughter prior to the 2019 season, and it brought his focus up to a level that was yet to be seen. His newly found work ethic and dedication flashed with a hot running motor that culminating on him finishing more plays than in previous seasons. His last two season's worth of production as a pass rusher was of 4.5 and 6 sacks, but he was able to have an impact even more so as a run defender that those numbers don't reflect so all in all he had good production.


Play with Leverage: 7.50
Stack and Shed: 8.50
Gap Shooting Ability: 8.20
Run at Him: 8.50
Run Away: 8.40

Improved at keeping his pads low off the snap in his final season, but still saw some plays where he would pop straight up out of his stance off the ball. Due to his length and heavy hands he was easily able to shed blocks when he felt the playing coming at him, but he also showed the selflessness to anchor and hold the POA so that his teammates could penetrate and make plays in the backfield. He flashed impressive closing quickness to be able to eat up yardage in few steps and bring down ball carriers in the backfield. Gives maximum effort when plays are run at him and when giving backside pursuit. He is a heavy hitter and when he lines up a smaller bodied player his blow can separate them from the ball. He doesn't allow a lot of ball carriers to escape his grasp and once you are encompassed by his length you are finished.


Instincts: 8.00
Learn/Retain: 8.50
Teamwork: 8.50

Instincts have improved over his career at South Carolina and understands how to adapt his game to how an OL is trying to combat him. He showed the ability to learn and play from multiple techniques along the defensive line and his versatility may separate him ever so slightly over other highly rated defenders. True team leader who works hard in preparation during the week, and was willing to do the dirty work to allow his teammates and the program to succeed.


Built like a player off a video game, long arms, huge hands, strength, quickness, speed, and dominating attitude that is gonna make him a high pick in this draft. He has an explosive first step and can rock OL back on their heels with the heaviness in his hands. Has a wide variety of pass-rushing moves, and can win from up and down the defensive formation. Is truly a scheme diverse player and should be able to be a high-quality contributor in run defense and rushing the passer. Gets his big paws up into throwing lanes when he cannot get home to the QB and will keep working to the ball downfield. Has a tremendous drive and personality due to the success he has already had from a tough upbringing and is driven to succeed.


Senior season his motor ran red-hot consistently, but in seasons previous he had problems with giving the effort needed to win on a snap by snap basis. His pad level will rise and will need to continually refine his leverage at the point of attack. Struggled with weight issues earlier in his college career, but seems to have matured since the birth of his child and knows what he has to do to succeed.


Kinlaw is a menace to any OL that has the task of trying to block him one on one due to his physical traits and drive. Seems to have taken that next step mentally as a senior due to maturing as a man off the field, and the sky is the limit for this young man. He should be one of the first DL off the board in this draft, and should easily be off the board in the top 10 selections. Teams such as the Panthers, Saints, Falcons, Colts, Dolphins, Jaguars, and Cardinals should be evaluating him thoroughly as he could be a key building block to their futures. His playing style and upside reminds me of Richard Seymour.

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