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Strengths 

6'5"

Height

Weight

328

Bench
40-Time
10-Time
20-Time
20
5.31
Vertical
Broad Jump
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
25"
8'3"
4.96
3-Cone
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
8.11
11 1/4"
35 1/4"
83 1/2"

Final Grade

7.34

Injury History

Games Evaluated

2021 - Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri

Team Fit

SEA

DEN

NE

I love the physicality that Kinnard plays with in the run game. He explodes out of his stance and keeps his feet running to create movement off the line of scrimmage. Has powerful hands and does a good job of getting inside position in the run game. Shows impressive play strength as he keeps a strong base and isn't knocked around easily. In the passing game, he has very good anchor ability and doesn't allow pass rushers to get into his inside gap very often. His position versatility will keep him on the field at the next level as he is best suited inside at guard but can easily play right tackle if asked to.

Weaknessess

Could clean up some areas of his pass blocking. Has an adequate quick set but can get beat off the edge by faster pass rushers at times. Also must get more consistent with his hand usage in pass blocking. His hands are very sparatic as he struggles to find secure inside hand placement. Can get caught with his hands outside at times and also struggles to reset his hands when fighting with pass rushers.

Big Picture

A four-star offensive tackle prospect out of Ohio, Darrian Kinnard became a huge part of the rise of Kentucky's football program. Saw immediate playing time as a true freshman, starting in two games. Earned the full-time starting job as a sophomore and kept his spot over the next three years, starting every game at right tackle. Was a part of an offensive line in his sophomore season that helped pave the way for a school record 3,624 rushing yards, 36 rushing touchdowns, and 6.3 yards per carry. As a junior, Kinnard earned Third Team AP All-American, First Team AP All-SEC and Second Team Coaches' All-SEC honors. Followed that up with his best year yet as a senior, receiving consensus First Team All-American and First Team All-SEC honors. His play was also good enough to earn him an invitation to the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. At the next level, Kinnard projects best as a player that will be moved inside to guard. However, he was very successful at right tackle in college and could play at that position if needed. I see him being selected somewhere in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft and being a player that may start off as a rotational guy but can be quickly developed into a very reliable starting offensive linemen in the league if put in the right system.

Player Comp

Cody Ford

Athleticism:

7.35

7.25

For his size, he has solid quickness in his footwork. Has adequate lateral agility and flexibility. Keeps solid balance when absorbing contact from pass rushers. Play strength and explosion set him apart. Has a strong first step in the run game and runs his feet and hips through contact. Shows great grip strength in his hands and has very good lower body strength which helps him not get pushed around easily.

Quickness
Flexibility
Lateral Agility
Explosion
Balance
Play Strength
7.3
7.2
7.3
7.5
7.2
7.6

7.4

Run Blocking:

In-Line
Movement off L.O.S.
Reach Block
Pull & Block Outside
Adjust in Space
Use of Hands
7.3
7.7
7.3
7.4
7.4
7.3

Big Play Ability

Is very tenacious in his run blocking. Has violent hands and keeps his legs churning on first contact to drive his defender off the line of scrimmage. Is a violent finisher once he gets inside position. Shows the ability to step down and wall off defenders when down blocking and also reach and create a path on the outside as well. Was used very often as a puller and is a force when doing so. Uses his speed to get around and his explosion to burst through the gap and move anything in his way. Does a great job of keeping his head on a swivel in space and finding work.

Pass Blocking:

7.03

Has an adequate quick set but can get beat with a good speed rush at times. Does a solid job of winning with leverage as a pass blocker. Shows the ability to keep working his feet and dropping back to mirror pass rushers. Shows very strong anchor ability. Keeps a strong base and is able to reset to adjust to the pass rusher as needed. Not many pass rushers are going to find luck on the inside as he is very good at using his strength to protect his inside gap. Has strong hands but is inconsitent with his hand placement. Also struggles to adjust his hands to keep inside position at times.

Quick Set
Protect Corner
Mirror Ability
Anchor/Reset Ability
Ability to Combat Inside Move
Hands/Punch
6.8
7
7.2
7.3
7.4
6.5

Competitiveness:

7.63

7.25

He is a very aggressive blocker. Once he gets going, he shows the ability to drive his defender to the second level. Finishes with a ton of physicality on his blocks, as you will see a ton of pancakes on film. Plays with a very high motor and has been a very consistent, reliable starter in his four years at Kentucky.

Toughness
Consistency/Motor
Mauling Ability
7.6
7.6
7.7

Intelligence:

7.37

7.25

Doesn't show a ton of instances where he has to communicate as that has always been the center's job in their system. However, I did see the ability for him to do so when watching him at the Senior Bowl practices. Has the football IQ and awareness to pick up stunts without much trouble. Has very high positional versatility as he was a full-time starter at tackle in college but showed the ability to move inside as well.

Communication
Handle Games/Stunts
Position Versatility
7
7.3
7.8
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Darian Kinnard

OT

Kentucky

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