2020 NFL Draft: Javon Kinlaw fits the Indianapolis Colts interior need

49ers DT Javon Kinlaw (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)
49ers DT Javon Kinlaw (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /
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Final Thoughts

Placing Javon Kinlaw with the Indianapolis Colts would be a no brainer. Ballard should recognize Kinlaw’s skillsets and what the ceiling for him could be as he was with the Kansas City Chiefs when they drafted defensive tackle, Chris Jones. Between the measurements and physical skillsets, Kinlaw and Jones have a lot in common entering the NFL.

If Ballard’s press conference at the end of the season told us anything when it came to the defense, it was that he was disappointed with the inconsistent pass rush. Signing Justin Houston last offseason paid off, and if Kemoko Turay can return in 2020 to the player he looked like early this past season, the starting edge positions should be a lock. The only thing missing is the disruption in the middle, which is what Kinlaw would provide.

Like Jones in Kansas City, Kinlaw lost weight to become more effective and versatile. His exceptional burst off the line of scrimmage, paired with his length, quick hands, and power make him a day one starter in the NFL with the potential of being one of the best at the position early in his career. Jones had a significant impact in the Chiefs deep playoff run in 2019, and Kinlaw has everything to make the same kind of effect in Indianapolis.

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Javon Kinlaw would improve the Colts defense in both the run and pass his rookie season. His large wingspan allows him to not only grab hold of ball carriers that come anywhere near him but also limit the quarterback’s ability to deliver a pass when he gets his arms in the air. It’s not always about sack numbers, but how quickly a player can disrupt any given play, and Javon Kinlaw provides that in spades.