WT: 324 lbs
High School: Goose Creek (Charleston, SC)
Accolades: Senior Bowl. 2019 1st Team All-American. 2019 1st Team All-SEC. 2019 Joe Morrison Award. 2019 Most Unselfish Teammate Award. 2019 Tenacity Award (Defense). 2019 Most Productive Player Award (Defense). 2018 Co-Joe Morrison Award.
Javon Kinlaw Scouting Report.
Athleticism: Javon Kinlaw is very athletic. Moves well despite his 310-pound frame. Very quick off the line of scrimmage. Often the first defender moving on the snap. Kinlaw is explosive off of the line of scrimmage. While he is quick, he lacks the straight-line speed and acceleration to be effective on plays that require him to move in space, e.g. screens, free releases, etc. 13/15.
Strength/Power: Excellent strength that makes him a handful off of the snap. Crashes into the line with a bullrush aimed at the gap. Oftentimes penetrates on double blocks and will obliterate 1v1 matchups. Often times controls double team blocks with his strength and power, moving the block in a direction as he pleases and freeing the lane to a linebacker. 23/25.
Pass Rush Ability: Not a great pass rusher by any means, but his ability to attack gaps will always lead to pressure opportunities. Kinlaw doesn’t have a set of decisive pass-rushing moves. He flashes the ability to be a good pass rusher, showing flashy moves but inconsistently. 14/20.
Run Defending Ability: Kinlaw is a great run defender on the interior, but doesn’t do well in space or take pursuit angles. Once the play moves away from him, he’s a non-factor. Kinlaw can make tackles on blocks, and will usually make the impact play once the runner is in range of his long frame. 20/25.
Instinct/Football IQ: Kinlaw doesn’t show great instincts, but his knowledge of offensive blocking schemes is evident in his film. It’s hard to tell how much tape he watches before games because sometimes he seems to know what’s going on and other times he looks lost. 5/10.
Leadership/Personality: Javon Kinlaw is one of the most respectable people that I have ever met or listened to. Kinlaw has this presence about him that inspires you. He comes from a very rough background, and he’s determined to ensure that his child will never have to experience what he did. He’s a joy to be around, and I wouldn’t be worried about any off-the-field issues. 5/5.
Overall: People are going to knock Javon Kinlaw because of his lack of production over the last few years in South Carolina. His production stems beyond the stat sheet. He is the perfect prospect for professional teams because of his ability to eat double team blocks and still impact the game. NFL teams see potential, and a higher ceiling than he has already shown, and will be interested in coaching him into a top defensive lineman in the league. He’s a top fifteen talent and a first-round prospect.
Injury Rating: (3)
Ceiling Rating: (2)
Overall Grade: (85)