2020 NFL Draft: 5 First-round locks being slept on

Laviska Shenault Jr. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Laviska Shenault Jr. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
4 of 5
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
(Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

2. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina

In case you’re wondering, the best defensive tackle in the 2019 senior class is South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw. During the draft process teams are likely to fall in love with the athletic prowess of Kinlaw. Teams are looking for players to collapse the pocket from the interior and that’s 100 percent Kinlaw’s game.

In fact, at the start of the 2019 season, Kinlaw had a sack in five straight games, displaying his remarkable consistency as a pressure-creator on the interior — though he did cool off at the end finishing with six total sacks in 12 games. Nevertheless, his greatest strength is his ability as an upfield rusher. He has a great first step ideally suited for today’s NFL game.

Kinlaw’s built for attacking the passing game. He’s 6-6, 302 pounds with a great reach that allows him to stay clean. He has great closing speed and a high motor that allows him to chase down backside plays.

Because of his reach, motor and athleticism, Kinlaw is a first-round talent beyond a shadow of a doubt. He’s the type of player who played in a hybrid defensive scheme. Moreover, he can play the three-technique in a 4-3 base defense. He’ll slot in perfectly to whatever team selects him within the first 32 picks.