Green Bay Packers 7-Round 2020 NFL mock draft: Kinlaw in the First

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Javon Kinlaw 2020 NFL Draft
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Round 1, No. 30 Overall: Javon Kinlaw, IDL, South Carolina

I went into this mock draft with the intention of taking a linebacker or wide receiver with the first pick, but this is a prime example of taking the value. None of the first-tier of wide receivers or Kenneth Murray fell to this pick, but somehow Javon Kinlaw did. Though the defensive line isn’t their most notable need, there is a lack of talent there outside of Kenny Clark.

There is no reason Kinlaw shouldn’t be a top-20 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Kinlaw can step-in and have an immediate presence in the interior defensive line. He has the athleticism and pass-rush nuance to be plugged in as a 5-tech defensive end in a 3-4 defense for the Packers.

This role is actually where I think Kinlaw can be at his best. It gives him the opportunity to stay inside the tackle but maximize his potential as a pass-rusher. Kinlaw is going to translate so well to the NFL and would be a great addition beside Kenny Clark on that line. Though serviceable, Dean Lowry and Tyler Lancaster aren’t considered a force. Adding Javon Kinlaw could make this defensive front a lot stronger and more consistent.