Can South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw fit in Las Vegas? After trading star pass-rusher Khalil Mack prior to the 2018 and then subsequently compiling an embarrassing 13 total sacks that season, Mike Mayock, Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders have made rebuilding the defensive line a top priority.
Selecting Clemson edge rusher Clelin Ferrell No. 4 overall in this past NFL draft was the first step in doing so and while the Ferrell pick was seen as a bit of a reach at the time, the rookie has played a solid role in the revitalized Raiders pass rush registering 27 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 10 games.
Additionally, a breakout year for defensive end Benson Mayowa who spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons with the Raiders and finding an absolute gem in the fourth round in Maxx Crosby add to the reemergence of the Raiders pass rush as the duo have combined for an impressive 14.5 sacks.
Oakland has doubled their sack count from 2018 and rank No. 19 in the NFL in the category but if the Raiders want to continue to build on the D-line and replace Mack’s impact, South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw could be an option for one of Oakland’s two first round picks.