The college season is near the end as Week 11 is underway. Even though the attention hasn’t been drifted towards the 2019 NFL draft yet for most people, we are always keeping you up to date with potential suitors for the future.
Through nine weeks we have an idea of the holes on the Chargers roster, those that need to be addressed and players that fit the mold. Even though it’s not clear as to where they will be selecting, it’s looking more and more that they will be picking towards the end of the first-round.
With that being said, let’s dive into another week of the scouting notebook.
As exciting as the Chargers are in terms of pass rush and pass defense, depth up front has always been an issue and you can never have too many interior defensive linemen. Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane is a replacement level player and a free agent after the season, with Corey Liuget’s contract expiring after 2019.
At 6-foot-6 and 305 pounds, Javon Kinlaw is a rare breed with a jacked up frame and extraordinary length for a defensive tackle. Kinlaw has experience playing up and down the defensive line positions making him an attractive fit for Los Angeles with his versatility. Kinlaw uses his hand and short area power to stun offensive linemen at the point of attack and gain immediate advantage. He has a strong anchor and a huge playmaking radius.
As a pass rusher, he can overpower blockers with his quick get-off and compromise pocket integrity by driving blockers backward or winning with a swim move. Kinlaw will be a force against the run in the NFL as he has the power and length to set hard edges, forcing runners to the inside and using his arms to grasp ball carriers when they’re trying to break free. Kinlaw also has surprising mobility and quickness in tight areas.