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. Good initial burst and lock when engaging with solid strength. 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.
Darian Kinnard doesn’t appear to have the skillset to play tackle like he did at Kentucky and will have to slide inside. He’s insanely strong and built very well, the issue being his off-ball quickness. It appears that Kinnard’s role in the NFL will be limited to a zone scheme as his mobility is very limited.
We like Kinnard in the mid-to-late rounds, probably around a fifth/sixth-round range. However, his strength could be a major factor in his movement up draft boards.