No one knows right now if Jordan Phillips will be back next year, or if Brandon Beane allows him to test the open market by not using the franchise tag. Someone who can match him in size and speed is Javon Kinlaw. Kinlaw has the physical tools to eventually take over the role that Phillips previously played in the Bills defense.
Kinlaw ended the 2019 season with a stat line of 35 total tackles, 6 sacks and two forced fumbles. Kinlaw’s combination of speed and power can take over a possession. His knack of staying low and combining that with speed can knock a lineman off-balance and allows him to feast in the back field. Kinlaw is a player that many teams scheme around, if you run directly towards him he tends to swallow up the play.
Kinlaw might be a long shot to be there in the first round, but this might be a dream scenario for the Bills. The Buffalo Bills will be hoping quarterback hungry teams trade up and push a premier player like Kinlaw into the Bills lap. Kinlaw can easily be a Day One starter on this defense, and makes plenty of sense if the Bills move on from Jordan Phillips.