Kinlaw was drafted by the 49ers with the 14th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Appeared in 37 games (34 starts) in three seasons at South Carolina (2017-19) and registered 93 tackles, 18.0 TFLs, 3 FFs and 4 FRs. As a senior in 2019, named Associated Press First-Team All-America, starting all 12 games in which he appeared and registering 35 tackles, 6.0 sacks and 2 FRs. In 2018, started all 12 games in which he appeared, registering 38 tackles, 10.0 TFLs and a team-high 4.5 sacks. Transferred to South Carolina in 2017 where he played in 13 games (10 starts) and recorded 20 tackles, 2.0 TFLS, 2 FRs and 1 FF. As a freshman in 2016 at Jones County (Ellisville, MS) Junior College, recorded 26 tackles, 8.5 TFLs and 4.5 sacks.
49ers Morning Report: Dre Greenlaw Compares Javon Kinlaw to Nick Bosa, Raheem Mostert Discusses 'Idol' Frank Gore and 49ers Announce @Home Graduation
Dre Greenlaw discussed the potential for Javon Kinlaw to win Defensive Rookie of the Year, Raheem Mostert reflected on modeling his game after Frank Gore and 49ers will partner with Chegg to hold a virtual graduation for the Class of 2020.