The Kansas City Chiefs bolstered their depth up front on Saturday, selecting offensive lineman Darian Kinnard with the No. 145 overall pick.
Here are five things to know about the newest member of Kansas City's offensive line.
1. Kinnard is a big dude who checked in at 6-foot-5, 322 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine.
The 22-year-old Kinnard is a large human who Lance Zierlein from NFL.com described as an "oak tree with proportional thickness throughout," but while massive, Dane Brugler from the Athletic noted that Kinnard "comfortably carries his weight on his long, flexible frame."
He's not just big, either, as Kinnard is also strong and powerful. Here's more on his strength from Pro Football Focus:
"Kinnard wins by being the baddest man on the block. He was bigger and stronger than every player he had to block on a college field…The torque he can generate is insane. He throws around 300-pounders."
2. He had the biggest hands of any player at the Combine.
Kinnard has 11 ¼ inch hands, which were the largest of any player – regardless of position – at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Those hands – paired with his imposing frame and strength – helped Kinnard earn a reputation for his play style. Here's more from Lance Zierlein:
"Kinnard is an all-day mauler relying heavily upon a nasty demeanor and physical advantages to overwhelm opponents."
3. Kinnard used that size to compile a tremendous career at Kentucky.
A three-year starter for the Wildcats, Kinnard was a two-time All-American and earned "First-Team" honors as a senior last season. He also took home the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 2021, which is awarded to the top offensive lineman in the SEC. Here's what PFF wrote about Kinnard's career:
"Kinnard is one of the most accomplished run-blockers at the tackle position in college football…He earned 89.0-plus run-blocking grades over the past three seasons."
He tallied 109 knockdowns over the last three seasons while also displaying impressive durability, starting each of his final 39 games at Kentucky. PFF graded Kinnard as the No. 7 overall tackle in the nation last season, the No. 5 tackle in 2020 and the No. 11 tackle in 2019. He was consistently exceptional, finishing his career with the top overall grade, the top run-blocking grade and the top pass-blocking grade of any tackle in the SEC.
4. He possesses the versatility to play tackle and guard.
Kinnard was almost exclusively a right tackle at Kentucky, logging 2,223 snaps at that spot over the last three seasons, but many draft analysts – including Lance Zierlein, Dane Brugler and the folks from PFF – mentioned that he could also play guard in the NFL.
Chiefs' Senior College Scouting Executive Pat Sperduto spoke about where he envisions Kinnard playing at the next level:
"Personally, I like him as a right tackle, and I think with [Offensive Line] Coach [Andy] Heck's coaching, [he can work on] some of the little things that he maybe needs to fine‐tune," Sperduto said. "You have to realize that he's obviously a really good football player. He's All‐SEC, he's an All‐American, a multiple-year starter at Kentucky, a top recruit. He's a big, massive man with long arms and it's just the little things [that he needs to work on]. That's where Coach Heck comes into play. I think we can work him as a right tackle. If we needed to, we could put him in at guard, but I think his first spot is going to be right tackle. That's on Coach Heck, it would be up to him and nobody else, him and Coach Reid."
5. Kinnard was projected as a second-round pick by The Athletic's Dane Brugler.
The Chiefs found some incredible value in this year's class, and Kinnard is just another example.
Dane Brugler ranked Kinnard as the No. 52 overall player this year, projecting him as a second-round pick. He was the No. 79 overall player on PFF's board, and Lance Zierlein tabbed him as a third-round selection. Somehow, with all of that in mind, the Chiefs drafted Kinnard with the No. 145 overall pick.
In fact, according to the metric below, Kinnard was the seventh-best value selection in the whole draft.
Kinnard is simply a much better player than where his draft position may indicate, and now a member of the Chiefs, he'll have his chance to prove it as a professional.
The Kansas City Chiefs added to their offense by selecting offensive lineman Darian Kinnard in the 5th Round (Pick 145) of the third day of 2022 NFL Draft