1. Javon Kinlaw, defensive tackle
With the 17th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys go defense. Ah. That’s a nice sentence to boot the new decade.
The Cowboys have issues at the front line. Outside of not meeting expectations in sacks and pressures in 2019, the team could see several names leave for other teams. Will Tyrone Crawford return? Maliek Collins will test free agency. So will Michael Bennett.
The Cowboys have Trysten Hill, the ‘Boys first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, but he saw little playing time. This leaves the defensive tackle department a little thin.
Enter Javon Kinlaw, the 22-year-old from the University of South Carolina. The senior bookended his college career by making the first-team All-SEC in 2019. He stands at six-foot-six and is over 300 pounds.
At South Carolina, he collected 10 pass deflections, 10.5 sacks, and 93 tackles. Combined with the new defensive coordinator, Mike Nolan, Kinlaw in Big D could spell trouble for opposing teams. Most of all, it could check off pressure up the middle, something that has eluded Dallas for several years.