Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports


What Javon Kinlaw Brings to the Table for the San Francisco 49ers

Apr 24, 2020 at 11:56 AM


Benjamin Franklin once said: "In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and the San Francisco 49ers taking a defensive lineman in the first round of the NFL Draft."

Okay, maybe I ad-libbed a little the end of that quote, but for the fifth time in six years, the 49ers used their first selection of the draft to bolster the team's pass rush. After trading back one spot, general manager John Lynch decided to find DeForest Buckner's replacement by picking Javon Kinlaw 14th overall last night. While it's unrealistic to expect him to immediately have the same impact as Buckner did in the last couple of seasons, the South Carolina product is a step in the right direction.

In my opinion, Kinlaw is the best interior pass rusher in this draft class.

He gets off the ball quickly on throwing downs, has good hand placement, can win with power moves like a push-pull or bull rush, and he can get pressure with finesse by getting on an edge and using a swim move. Combining all of this with a good motor and counter moves, the former Gamecock has plenty of tools in his tool belt to get after the quarterback.


As a run defender, he's better when given one-gap responsibilities as that assignment allows him to use his good get off and play in the offense's backfield. Kinlaw also has good upper body strength, as seen above, to get extension against offensive linemen and shed their blocks to be in a good position to make tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage.

Of course, there are a few things that the young defensive lineman needs to work on at the next level.

When asked to play a two-gap assignment, he often false steps and stands up out of his stance, negating his ability to get off the ball and play with good pad level. This becomes especially worrisome when taking on double teams because he has no leverage and plays with a narrow base. More physical offensive linemen will be able to take advantage of this at the next level in one on one situations as well.

Kinlaw's upfield burst and agility can also be used against him, as he will overrun plays in the offense's backfield and offensive linemen can ride his momentum laterally to create bigger rushing lanes. He needs to learn how to stay under control when breaking through the line of scrimmage, and to stick his foot in the ground when slanting to fight back against blockers.

Replacing an elite interior defender isn't going to be an easy task for the 49ers' first-round pick. However, Kinlaw displayed plenty of traits in college to suggest that he'll be able to help San Francisco's defensive line maintain its status as one of the best in the NFL.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


0 Comments

  • No Comments

Facebook Comments



More San Francisco 49ers News



49ers' Kyle Shanahan says surgeries for Mike McGlinchey, Javon Kinlaw 'went real well'

By David Bonilla
Nov 26

The season ended prematurely for offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey and defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. McGlinchey suffered a torn quad in the San Francisco 49ers' November 7 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Kinlaw has been dealing with a knee injury that was initially sustained at the end of last season. He recently underwent ACL reconstruction. "Evaluation of the knee in surgery confirmed suspicions that the ACL had chronic changes that would be best treated with ACL reconstruction," read a joint statement from the 49ers medical staff, Dr. Tim McAdams, and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. "This procedure gives him the best opportunity to make a full recovery and return to



49ers at Jaguars, Week 11 predictions: San Francisco seeks to reach .500

By Site Staff
Nov 20

The Jaguars are set to host the San Francisco 49ers at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville, Florida on Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m. PT. Each week, the 49ers Webzone staff predicts the winner within its annual NFL Pick 'em contest. That includes writers and forum moderators. All six participating staff members this week selected the 49ers to beat the Jaguars. San Francisco is currently a 6.5-point favorite. The Niners would improve to 5-5 with a win. As for all the fans who are taking part in our NFL Pick 'em contest, 97 percent have the 49ers winning the



49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo believes Deebo Samuel made leap as a leader 'sometime in training camp'

By Rohan Chakravarthi
Nov 17

49ers receiver Deebo Samuel has made quite the stride in his third NFL season, as he's already caught 54 passes for 979 yards and seven total touchdowns through just nine games. Last year, Samuel had a mild sophomore season after an impressive rookie year due to a variety of hamstring injuries and a foot fracture, limiting the receiver to just seven games last season, in which he accumulated 33 receptions for 391 yards after a 57-catch, 802-yard rookie campaign. Deebo's rapport with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been made evident this year, best encapsulated by a specific play on Monday Night against the Rams in which the veteran quarterback trusted his receiver to make a play even before Samuel was



Jimmie Ward responds to Jerry Rice's comment that the 49ers have 'no dogs'

By Marc Adams
Nov 17

Last week, Hall of Famer Steve Young was a guest on KNBR's Tolbert, Krueger and Brooks Show. He spoke about talking (earlier that week) to Hall of Fame wide receiver, Jerry Rice, about what he [Rice] was thinking about the 49ers. This apparently took place the day after the San Francisco 49ers lost, in embarrassing fashion, to an Arizona Cardinals team that was missing many of their starters, including quarterback Kyle Murray. "I go, 'What do you think?'" Young said. "He goes, 'There's no dogs.' And I got to interpret that. There's no dogs on there. You watch the team go on, go off, everyone's like, 'OK.' Young went on to discuss how the 49ers' handling of the


Featured

More by Matt Holder

More Articles

Share 49ersWebzone