New York Giants 7-round mock draft: Following Joe Schoen, Brian Daboll’s Bills playbook
Round 2, pick No. 36: OT Darian Kinnard, Kentucky
In this universe, the New York Giants decide to shift Ekwonu over to guard and draft Darian Kinnard as their right tackle for the season.
Kinnard is one of the most underrated offensive lineman prospects in the entire draft, possessing elite strength, Kinnard has made a name for himself as a mauler during his time at Kentucky.
What is probably Kinnard’s best aspect is his ability to be both an elite pass and run blocker, in 414 pass-blocking snaps, Kinnard only allowed 1 sack, 2 QB hits, and 4 QB hurries, gaining a pass-blocking grade of 87.8 per, PFF.
Kinnard is one of the strongest offensive line prospects I have seen during this year of college football, once he gets his hands on you during a run play, its game over.
The only negative aspect of Kinnard’s game that I have noticed so far is that he has the tendency to overextend on run snaps, this can lead to him occasionally ending up on the ground, also, Kinnard’s footwork during pass-blocking snaps can look a bit sluggish at times, leading to him getting beat off the edge, however, his reach and power often make up for this.
Similar to Ekwonu, however, Kinnard also has the capability to move over to guard, so the Giants will have plenty of flexibility if they decide to draft these two offensive linemen.