Round 4· Pick 111 Solomon Kindley G Georgia (6′ 3″, 337 pounds)
|Born:||July 3, 1997
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||335 lb (152 kg)|
|High school:||William M. Raines High School
|NFL Draft:||2020 / Round: 4 / Pick: 111|
Kindley was a Class AAA second-team all-state pick at Jacksonville’s Raines High School before moving north to Athens. The three-star recruit played in one game as a reserve in 2016 and took a redshirt. SEC coaches named him to their All-Freshman team after he started seven of 15 games played at right guard in 2017. Kindley’s play as a 14-game starter at right guard his sophomore campaign gained him a share of the Bulldogs’ Most Improved Player award on offense. He started 11 of 13 games played at left guard in 2019, missing some time with a lower right leg injury, and then decided to leave school for the NFL.
Nasty guard who lives in scrap mode, looking for fights inside a relatively small phone booth where he’s most comfortable. Kindley has the frame of a powerful guard, but doesn’t bend well enough to generate leverage and push at the point of attack. He’s a mauler with enough finesse to get to some reach and cut-off blocks, but faces scheme limitations. Slide quickness is limited and his tendency to lunge allows rushers to work around his edge earlier than teams like. The size and toughness are great, but Kindley needs to play with better control and technique in order to become an average NFL backup.
- Wide frame from chest to ankles
- Plays with nasty disposition
- Seems to get into defender’s heads at least once per game
- Hustles into cut-off positioning from back-side
- Consistent sliding feet around target to wall-off after engagement
- Power in hips and upper body to torque opponent off-balance
- Feet are a little more nimble than expected
- Adequate pop in hands in pass pro
- Hung in against South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw’s power rush
- Helmet comes before hands into first contact
- Dips and strikes with headgear as weapon
- Poor knee bend to leverage and root out double-team blocks
- Struggles to keep blocks centered
- Below-average acceleration into block fits
- Wide base in pass pro opens him to counters
- Quickness to mirror and keep the rush in front of him is an issue
- Lunges toward rusher rather than sliding his feet
- Below-average reactive athleticism to catch loopers on twists
Miami had a plan during the draft and it was personified by this pick. Solomon Kindley is huge, mean and tough and the Dolphins are building their trenches with these type of players and also doubling down. It is finally a true commitment by Miami to fix the offensive line and throwing Kindley in the mix is how they will accomplish their goal.
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