While the Dallas Cowboys may be looking to pair another edge rusher with Demarcus Lawrence, they won’t be able to pass on the defensive tackle from South Carolina, Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw is seen by many as a top-10 talent, but in a position that is undervalued in today’s NFL.
Kinlaw is a junior college transfer who has improved each year he has played, including a first-team All-American bid as a senior in 2019. Kinlaw is still raw and lacks pad discipline after getting tired. Look for Kinlaw to come into Dallas and be an instant impact player. If coached properly, Kinlaw could be the steal of the draft at pick number 17.
TRADE – Miami Dolphins to Washington Redskins
The Miami Dolphins will hand this pick to the Redskins after trading up for their franchise quarterback to begin the night. With all the Trent Williams drama recently look for the Redskins to draft his replacement in Josh Jones from Houston.
Jones is a step below the top four tackles but would likely have gone higher if the tackle class wasn’t so strong in 2020. After a strong year, Jones proved his tremendous upside after performing well at the Senior Bowl. If the Redskins are confident Jones is ready to start as a rookie, look for the team to try and find a trade partner for the unhappy Williams and officially move on.
TRADE – Chicago Bears to Las Vegas Raiders
This pick stems back from the Khalil Mack trade to the Chicago Bears. With the newly formed Las Vegas Raiders upgrading at wide receiver earlier in the draft, now look for them to turn to the defense. After signing linebacker Cory Littleton earlier in free agency, I expect the Raiders to focus on defensive back.
C.J. Henderson goes as early as 12 in a few mock drafts because of his tight coverage skills. The Florida product is known to struggle to tackle, but that’s not as big of an issue if no one catches the ball against you. The Raiders will be getting a big value pick at 19 if they can land Henderson.