2020 NFL Draft: Detroit Lions trade back in new 7-round mock

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Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
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Interior Defensive Lineman. University of South Carolina. player. 50. Pick Analysis. Scouting Report. Javon Kinlaw. 9

After trading down from number three overall and picking up an extra first-round pick in the process, the Detroit Lions add Javon Kinlaw to the roster. Kinlaw, from South Carolina, is a monster interior defender that would immediately bolster their defensive line.

Kinlaw possesses innate strength in both his lower and upper body that lets him explode off the line of scrimmage while bench pressing his opponent into the quarterback. He’s very disruptive in the backfield and it’s nearly impossible to contain him in one-on-one situations. The best you can hope to do is stalemate Kinlaw when it’s a one-on-one situation.

His pass-rushing is already at a high-level, but when he gets to the NFL and receives high-level coaching the ceiling for him is sky-high when rushing the passer. When defending against the run he uses his size and power well but isn’t quite as adept at defending versus the run as he is when he can just flat-out go after the quarterback.

With no true number one interior defensive lineman on the team, but rather a handful of role players, Kinlaw would instantly become the high man on the totem pole and be the top interior defender on the Lions’ roster. With Kinlaw manning the middle of the defensive line the Lions could finally feel comfortable with him, Danny Shelton, Da’Shawn Hand, and Nick Williams as the first four rotators.