South Carolina football standout Javon Kinlaw pulled out of the Senior Bowl on Thursday with what reports say is tendinitis in one of his knees.
But the Goose Creek High School product did not leave Mobile, Ala., without doing what he went there to do — show out for NFL scouts.
Kinlaw, projected as a potential first-round draft pick as a defensive lineman, had a terrific week of practice at the Senior Bowl by all accounts, working with and against some of the top draft-eligible college football players in the nation.
"Javon Kinlaw has not been blocked since he got to the city of Mobile," one ESPN announcer said over a clip of Kinlaw's drills.
Kinlaw, named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press, measured in at 6-foot-5⅛ and 315 pounds at the Senior Bowl, with a hand span of 10⅛ inches, an arm length of 34⅝ inches and a wingspan of 84 inches. His arm length and wingspan were the longest of any interior defensive lineman at the Senior Bowl.
Kinlaw also impressed with his performance in practice and drills, and bested his friend and fellow All-American, Clemson's John Simpson, in one drill posted on Twitter.
oh my god, javon kinlaw pic.twitter.com/O5K389DdOd— Austin Gayle (@PFF_AustinGayle) January 21, 2020
"He's just so strong and can play with tremendous leverage," analyst Louis Riddick said on ESPN. "It's just a matter of him being able to put it together play after play, snap after snap, stay healthy and keep his mind right. He should have an All-Pro career, and there's not that many guys who look like him in the NFL."
Kinlaw also talked to reporters about growing up homeless in Washington, D.C., before moving to Goose Creek.
"Living in basements, without electricity, no water, things like that," he told reporters. "... But it made me a man at a young age, and I grew up early, definitely."