Javon Kinlaw
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Kinlaw with South Carolina in 2019
No. 99 – San Francisco 49ers
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1997-10-03) 3 October 1997 (age 24)
Trinidad and Tobago
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:319 lb (145 kg)
Career information
High school:Goose Creek (Goose Creek, South Carolina)
College:
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:41
Sacks:1.5
Pass deflections:4
Interceptions:1
Touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com

Javon Kinlaw (born 3 October 1997) is an Trinidadian American football defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at South Carolina, and was drafted by the 49ers in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Early years

Kinlaw spent part of his childhood homeless in Washington, D.C. after immigrating from Trinidad and Tobago with his mother and two siblings.[1][2] He attended Goose Creek High School in Goose Creek, South Carolina.[3]

College career

Kinlaw played one year at Jones County Junior College in 2016 before transferring to the University of South Carolina.[4] In his first year at South Carolina in 2017, he played in all 13 games with 10 starts and had 20 tackles.[5] In 2018, he started all 12 games and had 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks.[6] Kinlaw returned to South Carolina for his senior season in 2019.[7][8]

Statistics

College football statistics[9]
Year Team Class GP Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Solo Ast Tot Loss Sk Int PD FF FR
2017 South Carolina SO 7 12 5 17 2.0 0.0 0 1 1 2
2018 South Carolina JR 10 15 15 30 9.0 4.0 0 5 2 0
2019 South Carolina SR 12 15 20 35 6.0 6.0 0 2 0 2
Career 29 42 40 82 17.0 10.0 0 8 3 4

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 5+18 in
(1.96 m)
324 lb
(147 kg)
34+78 in
(0.89 m)
10+12 in
(0.27 m)
All values from NFL Combine[10]

Kinlaw was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft with the 14th overall pick.[11] The 14th overall pick was acquired originally from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 49ers traded down with the first round pick (13th overall) they originally acquired in the DeForest Buckner trade.[12] He signed his four-year rookie contract with the team on 26 June 2020,[13] worth a fully guaranteed $15.48 million, including an $8.8 million signing bonus.[14]

During Week 10 against the New Orleans Saints, Kinlaw recorded his first career sack on quarterback Taysom Hill during the 27–13 loss.[15] Kinlaw was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the team on November 18, 2020,[16] and activated on November 27.[17] In Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams, Kinlaw intercepted a pass thrown by Jared Goff and returned it for a 27-yard touchdown during the 23–20 win. This was his first career interception and touchdown.[18] Kinlaw was named Pepsi Rookie of the Week for his performance against the Rams.[19]

On October 30, 2021, Kinlaw was placed on injured reserve.[20]

NFL statistics

Year Team Games Tackles Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sacks FF FR Yds TD Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2020 SF 14 12 33 15 18 1.5 0 0 0 0 1 27 27.0 27T 1 4
2021 SF 4 4 8 1 7 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0
Career 18 16 41 16 25 1.5 0 0 0 0 1 27 27.0 27T 1 4

References

  1. ^ Jr, Tom Huddleston (23 April 2020). "Top NFL Draft pick Javon Kinlaw was once homeless but will soon have a multimillion-dollar payday". CNBC. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Trini born NFL star says he was homeless". Trinidad Express Newspapers. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  3. ^ Robinson, Manie. "Once homeless, South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw found new lease on life through football". The Greenville News.
  4. ^ Welcome back, Javon: Gamecocks get Kinlaw back in the fold
  5. ^ Cloninger, David. "Here's Javon Kinlaw: South Carolina defensive lineman ready to live up to star billing". Post and Courier.
  6. ^ He's South Carolina's most decorated defender, but is he a little underrated?
  7. ^ Kendall, Josh (3 October 2019). "South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw came back for one more special season, and he's having it". The Athletic. Retrieved 3 December 2020.
  8. ^ Two Gamecocks turned down the NFL. Now they're playing like men on a mission
  9. ^ "Javon Kinlaw". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 3 September 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  10. ^ "Javon Kinlaw Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  11. ^ Breiner, Ben (23 April 2020). "He's a 49er! Javon Kinlaw becomes highest selected Gamecock since Clowney". The State. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  12. ^ Goodbread, Chase (23 April 2020). "Bucs trade with 49ers to draft OL Tristan Wirfs". NFL.com. Retrieved 24 April 2020.
  13. ^ Posey, Kyle (26 June 2020). "49ers sign first-round pick Javon Kinlaw to four-year deal". Niners Nation. SB Nation. Retrieved 26 June 2020.
  14. ^ "Javon Kinlaw".
  15. ^ "San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints – November 15th, 2020". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 18 November 2020.
  16. ^ Chan, Jennifer Lee (18 November 2020). "49ers place rookie DL Kinlaw on Reserve/COVID-19 list". NBCSports.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  17. ^ Madson, Kyle (27 November 2020). "49ers activate DL Javon Kinlaw off COVID-19 list". USAToday.com. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  18. ^ Farrar, Doug (29 November 2020). "49ers rookie DT Javon Kinlaw gets Jared Goff for the pick-six". Touchdown Wire. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  19. ^ Bonilla, David (1 December 2020). "49ers DT Javon Kinlaw nominated for Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week after win over Rams". 49ers Webzone. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  20. ^ "Two 49ers Downgraded to OUT vs. Bears; Other Roster Moves". 49ers.com. 30 October 2021.