2022 NFL draft scouting report: Kentucky OL Darian Kinnard

Kentucky OL Darian Kinnard

6-foot-5
328 pounds

Yahoo Sports’ 2022 NFL draft grade

5.68 — possible third- or fourth-rounder; contributor potential

TL;DR scouting report

Hulking college tackle who might be best-served with a move inside to guard to maximize his power and mask his issues with quickness

The skinny

A 3-star Rivals recruit in the Class of 2018, Kinnard chose the Wildcats over Penn State, Tennessee and UCLA, playing in nine games as a freshman, starting two of the last three at left tackle. He moved to right tackle in 2019, starting all 13 games. Kinnard then started all 11 games in 2020 and 13 more in 2021, helping UK’s line be recognized as Joe Moore Award (best offensive line in college football) semifinalists. He played at the 2022 Senior Bowl.

JACKSONVILLE, FL – JANUARY 2: Tackle Darian Kinnard #70 of the University of Kentucky Wildcats during the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the 76th annual TaxSlayer Gator Bowl at TIAA Bank Field on January 2, 2021 in Jacksonvile, Florida. The Wildcats defeated the Wolfpack 23 to 21. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Upside

Massive, long frame — over 6-foot-5 with 35-inch arms, 83-inch wingspan

Weight looked nicely distributed at Senior Bowl

Enormous hands (11 1/4 inches) to latch and lock up opponents

Surprising quickness in short areas displayed in 10-yard split of 1.78 seconds

Lower-body flexibility better than you might imagine

Raw, hulking power to stonewall rushers and pave clear paths

Can torque defenders violently and kick them out of the club

Drops an anchor and is nearly rooted to the spot

Truly nasty demeanor — seeks to bury his man whenever possible

Finisher plays through the echo of the whistle

Warrior mentality — UK coaches praise his mental and physical toughness

Iron man — 39 straight starts and seldom missed a snap

Made tangible improvement each college season, especially in pass protection

Starting experience at both tackle spots

Looked the part at guard in Senior Bowl practice…

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