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Updated Feb. 26, 2020
By Charlie Campbell. Follow Charlie on Twitter @draftcampbell.

The best player at the 2020 Senior Bowl practices was South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw. He opened the week in dominant fashion, which really helped light a fire under his draft stock. Kinlaw has the potential to be a top-16 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and it isn’t out of the question for him to crack the top 10. One issue that had the potential to hold him back was character concerns, as numerous team sources said there were reasons that fed into that. However, in speaking with staffers at multiple teams, they believe they can work with Kinlaw and the character concerns are not a prohibitive concern.

Sources from multiple teams say Kinlaw’s character concerns aren’t awful or anything that would have him in consideration for getting dropped from their boards. They feel he will need to be surrounded with a positive support and have a team that is willing to work with him. The general tone was that no team would be unwilling to work with Kinlaw because of the character concerns.

Kinlaw has a great skill set, so he could be one of the stars of the combine drills this week. He is big, fast, strong and athletic. The team interviews could be challenging if teams press him, but overall, teams feel they can work with Kinlaw and character concerns won’t get him dropped out of contention for their picks.