Former NFL exec Gil Brandt on Javon Kinlaw: 'He has no weaknesses at all'
The San Francisco 49ers selected South Carolina DL Javon Kinlaw with the No. 14 overall pick in Round 1 of the 2020 NFL Draft.
He’ll be counted on to contribute right away along the 49ers’ star-studded defensive line, so it’s a good thing many analysts think he’ll be able to do just that.
This week, Hall of Fame former NFL executive Gil Brandt said he thinks Kinlaw is one of the rare players without any weaknesses (via SFChronicle.com):
“He does not have a weakness on a grade that you use to evaluate players with,” said Brandt, an analyst for Sirius XM NFL Radio. “That’s unusual. I mean, Jerry Rice had a weakness (coming out of college): He wasn’t a good blocker. Very few guys have no weaknesses at all and, in my estimation, he has no weaknesses at all.”
In 12 games for South Carolina in 2019, Kinlaw recorded 35 tackles, 6 sacks, 2 pass breakups and 2 fumble recoveries.
Can he have a similar impact for the defending NFC champions in 2020?