Drafted: ROUND: 5 - Pick Number: 145 (KC)
Draft Profile: BioKinnard received a four-star rating from ESPN in 2018, was ranked as the 25th-best prospect at offensive tackle and as a result, had scholarship offers from multiple Five schools - but ultimately opted to play for Kentucky in the SEC.
Kinnard didn't have a major impact until 2019 where he started 13 games at right tackle playing 706 snaps while he giving up 4 sacks.
In 2020 Kinnard's performance improved, playing in 11 games with a snap count of 698 as he gave up only 2 sacks. As a reward for he was given first-team All-SEC recognition from Phil Steele and the Associated Press.
In 2021 his play improved further while starting all Kentucky's games - with a snap count of 748 while he allowed only a single sack. Kinnard was awarded the SEC’s Jacobs Blocking Trophy which annually goes to the SEC’s top blocker as a result. He was also a semifinalist for the 2021 Outland Trophy and handed First-Team All-SEC honors by the league’s coaches and Pro Football Focus
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Attacks his man, playing with a wide base and the lateral agility to mirror, sustain and shuffle to help inside. Has the size, strength, and quick feet to be effective as a position run-blocker.
- Has the feet to adjust when he anticipates what's coming. Effective trapping and bends at the knees with adequate core strength to absorb the bull rush. Can clear a path at the second level if he hits the target.
- A real old school mauler
- Nice lateral movement for a big man who is who has notched up 47 knockdown blocks in 11 games during the 2020 season
- has a high football IQ and a great feel for the game developed with three complete years of playing time in the SEC
- He is a dominating pass protector with long arms that envelop oncoming defenders
- Explosive out of his initial stance with a nice burst
- Quick smooth feet enable him to match rushers around the edge
- Big athlete with good bulk and a filled-out frame. Stays balanced and doesn't overextend in pass protection. Stays disciplined with good bend and leverage.
- Plays with appropriate wide base and intelligence, instincts, and agility to seal the edge. Aggressive extending with power to punch and looks comfortable in space.
- Projects to be a guard in the NFL with power to be a major asset in the run game
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- Needs to work on his technique in pass protection, using more consistent leverage and continuing to move his feet.
- Will punch at smaller defenders instead of latching on and is more of a mauler than mover in the running game. Can improve maintaining outside leverage when doubling the nose. Ducks his head and gets too upright, causing him to fall off second-level blocks.
- His hand improvement is only average and must be worked on at the next level
- Often overshoots blocks leaving himself out of position
- Loses leverage battles and plays with high pad level. Can be late off the snap.
Scouting Report: SummaryKinnard has ideal size at 6’5″, 345 pounds to play either guard or tackle in NFL. He is a super talented athlete with rare skills as both a pass and run blocker - we've awarded him a 90% + grade in both areas for his play at Kentucky. His negative areas are all fixable through coaching at the next level and he has athletic talents that are unteachable.
We consider Kinnard to have some of the greatest upside of any offensive linemen in the 2022 NFL Draft and is a truly special prospect. He is without doubt worth a first-day selection and a possible pro-bowler at the next level.
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