There’s a preexisting bar set pretty high for Javon Kinlaw. He’s expected to immediately plug in to man the interior defensive line, previously assumed by Pro Bowl talent, DeForest Buckner. The expectations for the rookie also come in the midst of an abbreviated offseason.
But in his short time as a member of the 49ers – less than four months to be exact – veteran pass rusher Dee Ford has already begun to spot similarities between the rookie and knack of another 49ers first round pick.
“He wants to be a sponge, he wants to soak everything up and he wants to learn,” Ford said. “He reminds me of Nick Bosa when he came in. He didn’t say too much. When you’re a first-round draft pick you can come in and… be a little entitled. That’s not him. That’s not in his DNA.”
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