2020 NFL Draft: 7-round 49ers mock going all defense
By Peter Panacy
One of the things about this year’s NFL Draft is it’s limited on defensive line talent. And that which is there is concentrated towards the top of the draft.
It wouldn’t be overly shocking if the 49ers look to find DeForest Buckner’s replacement right out of the gate. In an ideal world, should this be the approach, Auburn defensive tackle Derrick Brown winds up falling to No. 13, which could happen if there’s a massive trade-up run for quarterbacks early.
But Brown didn’t fall, yet a solid consolation prize did: South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw.
Kinlaw, 6-foot-5 and 324 pounds, is one of the most physically imposing defenders in this year’s draft, possessing the explosiveness and strength to easily command double-team blockers at the NFL level, likely finding the ability to dominate these two-on-one matchups in the very near future.
Interior defensive linemen taken early in the draft need to have more than just run-stopping abilities, too. With six sacks last season, Kinlaw flashed that ability along with his pocket-wrecking duties.
The Niners defensive line enjoyed so much success last season, thanks to Buckner’s presence. By adding Kinlaw, this still-elite unit won’t skip a beat in 2020 and beyond.