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Javon Kinlaw lands in CBS Sports’ top-5 to win defensive rookie of the year

The terror from SC landed in one of the most-ideal situations as a rookie.

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Last year, San Francisco’s very own defensive end Nick Bosa took home the NFL’s annual Defensive Rookie of the Year Award, joining his older brother Joey who won the award three years prior with the Chargers.

This year, the Niners stuck to their philosophy of building through the trenches and snagged Javon Kinlaw, an insanely-talented and menacing defensive tackle out of South Carolina, with the 14th-overall pick in this year’s draft. Kinlaw looks to slot right in at the massive void left by DeForest Buckner, who’s now with the Colts.

If you’re CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso, who just released his top-10 candidates for DRoY, you have high hopes for the rookie defender. Kinlaw was tabbed as Trapasso’s fifth most-likely player to take home the award and will look to make it a back-to-back affair for Niners fans.

“Kinlaw was my top interior defensive line prospect in this class, yes, ahead of Derrick Brown,” Trapasso said. “The main reason for that? Pass-rush capability. Kinlaw and Brown are almost identically sized, but Kinlaw was simply a much more effective pass-rusher in college. Per PFF, in 2019, the South Carolina star had an 18.1% pass-rush win rate, second in the 2020 class among interior defensive linemen. Brown’s was 13.7%.”

Seeing that last statistic, it’s no surprise they went with another DL instead of attacking the other side of the line. Kinlaw was a freak at the Reese’s Senior Bowl, and all that potential will undoubtedly flourish in the NFL.

You can’t beat the situation he’s joining, either.

“Playing alongside four other first-round picks on the defensive line, Kinlaw is in a fantastic position to eat as a rookie.”

Kinlaw also opened at +2500 by William Hill Sports Book, which ties him with the Jaguars’ K’Lavon Chaisson with the sixth-best chance to bring home the award.