1. Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina
Outside of safety, no position was more mismanaged by the previous staff than a defensive tackle. That should change now with some fresh thinking and the Cowboys would be wise to look to completely rebuild the interior — meaning pretend players such as Trysten Hill aren’t even there and just count that as a bonus should he develop the way Rod Marinelli thought he would.
With that being said, there are some pretty intriguing names to watch, including one Senior Bowl standout — Javon Kinlaw. The South Carolina product was head and shoulders above the other defensive tackles and could be a game-changer for the Cowboys.
He’s not only incredibly talented, but he’s as motivated as they come. Kinlaw described his upbringing at the Senior Bowl, describing how he was homeless early on in his life.
"“Just growing up in northeast Washington, D.C., pretty much homeless, living in basements. We went without electricity, no water, things like that,” Kinlaw said via Ryan Gaydos of Fox News. “We had to use the neighbor’s hose to fill up totes of water. We would take them back in the house. We had gas, a gas stove. We would light the stove with a little match or something, get a tall pot, boil the water, mix it with some cold water, put it in a bucket, take it upstairs, take a shower like that.”"
Once he makes it into the NFL, money won’t be a concern. Kinlaw is going to strike it rich and is a sure-fire first-round pick. And that’s the one question for Dallas. Will this kid be worth the No. 17 pick — assuming he is there even.