49ers Robert Saleh sizes up ‘angry’ top pick Javon Kinlaw

Top draft pick Javon Kinlaw’s boss likes what he sees, even before the 49ers rookie has stepped on a field with his teammates.

“He’s a very large human being, very explosive, very powerful, plays with the mindset we like — a very angry football player,” defensive coordinator Robert Saleh said in a state-of-the-franchise show airing today at 5 p.m. on the 49ers’ website and YouTube channel.

South Carolina’s Javon Kinlaw of the South squad runs drills during practice for the Senior Bowl Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, in Mobile, Ala. Kinlaw was selected No. 14 overall in the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. (AP Photo/Butch Dill) (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Kinlaw, a defensive tackle, was selected No. 14 overall.

It was the fourth time in five years the 49ers used their top pick on a defensive linemen, following Arik Armstead (2015), DeForest Buckner (2016), Solomon Thomas (2017) and Nick Bosa (2019).

“He possesses the skillset we look for, especially at the defensive line spot,” Saleh added about Kinlaw.

The COVID-19 pandemic kept the 49ers away from their Santa Clara facility this offseason and Kinlaw’s first arrival there figures to come in a month if training camp starts on time.

“It’s always going to hurt — from a coach’s standpoint, anyway veterans may argue otherwise — not having OTAs and not going through the adjustments, the feel the first time in the locker room, so when he gets to training camp it’s not new to him,” Saleh said.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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