G – #70 Kentucky
Year: Redshirt Junior
High School: St. Ignatius (Knoxville, TN)
HS Rating: 4 star (0.8981)
Phil Steele: PS#49
Darian Kinnard scouting report
Not very fast or quick. Struggles with speed rushers. Shows excellent lateral quickness, and could be even better but his footwork is just raw. Just a punisher up top. Excellent upper body and arm strength. Incredible lower body strength. Plain brute power, this man is insanely strong. Has a strong anchor and shows good bend when he can lock the block.
Flashes excellent hand placement. Has the length to really deal with some effective pass rushers. Not consistent, however. Excellent hand strength. Good pass protection strength. Shows necessary bend in his repetitions. Consistency is not good. Run blocking mauler. Not afraid to level people and finish. Not nearly as consistent as you would like to see.
College offense was a zone protection scheme for the most part, though he was asked to pull as both a lead blocker and in misdirection assignments. Didn’t put as much effort into misdirection assignments. Understands well, seems to really pick up on what the defense is doing. Doesn’t always react properly. There’s some upside there.
What we want to see from Darian Kinnard in Mobile
- Darian Kinnard didn’t show too much ability to pull and extend plays into the perimeter while he was at Kentucky. We’d like to see him show more maneuverability while going through drills and 11v11 practice.
- Honestly, Kinnard could show in Mobile if he can play the right tackle position, too. While it’s what he played at Kentucky, just about everyone projects Kinnard moving inside because of his lack of quickness and his immense size. He appears to be better primed to play guard. However, if he can show either improved quickness or that he is quick enough to play right tackle, that could potentially push his value up in this class.
Pre-Senior Bowl projection
Darian Kinnard looks to be the part of a right guard at the next level. Despite playing tackle at Kentucky, we project him moving to the inside where he can better utilize his run blocking ability. He’s a mauler at heart and has immense strength, so he will best fit in a zone scheme that allows him to sit back and do what he does best.
Kinnard appears to be a second/third-round prospect at the next level. Some teams will certainly find his strength and mauling abilities as attractive and will give him a chance. He could be a starter in year one, but we’d like to see him develop for a year in a depth role before taking over next season.