We are finally entering the most exciting part of the offseason: Tracking Falcons interviews with prospects. The Falcons always draft players from the Senior Bowl, so interviews at the events give us an idea of where the braintrust is heading in the offseason.
First up is USC defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw, perhaps the most popular player at the Senior Bowl.
Phil Emery of the Falcons interviewing Senior Bowl standout Javon Kinlaw after today’s practice. The South Carolina DT getting plenty of attention. pic.twitter.com/eNoCNcb9PV— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 22, 2020
Earlier this week, I included Kinlaw among potential trade targets with Thomas Dimitroff seemingly itching to make a trade up in the draft. It is still early in the draft process, but Kinlaw is generally considered the second-best interior defensive lineman in the draft behind only Auburn’s Derrick Brown.
While Brown may get get more attention, Kinlaw put up 35 tackles, six tackles for a loss, six sacks, two passes defended, and two fumble recoveries for USC in 2019. At 6-foot-6, 310-pounds, the big defender has surprised scouts with his explosive first step and power.
His athletic ability has already been on display at the Senior Bowl, a place the Falcons heavily scout and draft from every year.
oh my god, javon kinlaw pic.twitter.com/O5K389DdOd— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 21, 2020
The Senior Bowl is a great place for players to make a serious impact on teams and scouts. Prospects face off directly with other top talent on display for all 32 of their potential future employers. Kinlaw has taken advantage of the opportunity.
ESPN Commentators on Goose Creek/USC DL Javon Kinlaw.— Scott Eisberg (@SEisbergWCIV) January 22, 2020
"Javon Kinlaw has not been blocked since he got to the city of Mobile. This guy has been so impressive. He has taken every rep."
"As far as non QB prospects, he's best player I've seen"
"The O-Lineman are pissed" pic.twitter.com/bPEzR8kXrA
The Falcons have spent years trying to get a serious starter next to Grady Jarrett. Kinlaw looks like he could be that player.