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49ers' Javon Kinlaw is rare prospect with 'no weaknesses,' Gil Brandt says

49ers' Javon Kinlaw is rare prospect with 'no weaknesses,' Gil Brandt says

Brandon Aiyuk is the 49ers' first-round pick getting all the love in the immediate aftermath of the 2020 NFL Draft. That's easy to understand. He plays a sexy position and has unreal athletic ability that will fit perfectly in coach Kyle Shanahan's system.

But don't forget about Javon Kinlaw. The former South Carolina defensive tackle was a home run pick for the 49ers at No. 14 overall. At 6-foot-5, 311 pounds, Kinlaw is a physical freak with all the tools to be the next dominant 49ers defensive lineman. Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt believes Kinlaw is a rare prospect who enters the NFL without a blemish on his game.

“He does not have a weakness on a grade that you use to evaluate players with,” Brandt told The San Francisco Chronicle's Eric Branch. “That’s unusual. I mean, Jerry Rice had a weakness (as a prospect) -- he wasn’t a good blocker. Very few guys have no weaknesses at all and, in my estimation, he has no weaknesses at all.”

Kinlaw will be under a lot of pressure immediately as the 49ers need him to help fill the void left by trading DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts. The 49ers are primed to win now and their return to the Super Bowl very well could rest on whether or not their defensive front can repeat their dominant season from a year ago.

It will be up to Kinlaw, as well as veterans like D.J. Jones, to help Nick Bosa, Arik Armstead and Dee Ford recapture the unit's 2019 dominance.

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Trading Buckner was a hard decision for the 49ers to stomach. But the rave reviews surrounding Kinlaw should have them excited to see their top pick take the field, knowing that stardom is in his future if everything goes according to plan.

As Brandt noted, very few players enter the league without a hole in their game. Even Derrick Brown, who was drafted at No. 7 by the Carolina Panthers and is seen as the most complete D-line prospect in years, needs to work on his short-area quickness at the next level. Brandt has been doing this for a long time and sees the potential for greatness in Kinlaw.

That bodes well both for the 49ers' 2020 Super Bowl hopes and their long-term future.

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Watch 49ers' George Kittle bench press a ridiculous amount in workout

Watch 49ers' George Kittle bench press a ridiculous amount in workout

If you want to know how strong George Kittle is, you can just ask Marcus Williams.

If you don't have the ability to contact an NFL safety and/or don't want to troll one on social media while trying to do so, you can just watch this video of the 49ers tight end bench-pressing a ridiculous amount of weight courtesy of trainer Josh Cuthbert.

That's five plates on each side of the bar, which Cuthbert said in a comment on his post added up to 375 pounds.

So, Kittle could bench press new 49ers left tackle Trent Williams' listed weight on the team website ... and still have 55 pounds to work with.

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Cuthbert conspiculously included the hashtag #PayGeorgeKittle, referring to the star tight end's contract extension negotiations with the 49ers. Kittle didn't share that post on his Instagram story, which shouldn't be much of a surprise considering his prior comments about not wanting to hold out.

“Being a captain, I want to be there for my team and I need to show the right leadership skills,” Kittle said.

Even if Kittle did hold out, it'd be hard to argue against the example that video would set from a distance.

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It's not clear if Kittle and the 49ers will agree to a contract extension before training camp is scheduled to begin later this month. NBC Sports Bay Area's Matt Maiocco reported last month that the two sides haven't appeared to make much progress.

If and when Kittle reaches an agreement with the 49ers, they'll know he pretty easily could bench-press the table it's signed upon.

49ers' Trent Taylor hilariously trolled by teammates for muscle pose

49ers' Trent Taylor hilariously trolled by teammates for muscle pose

The 49ers love to rip on one another, and no player's Instagram posts are safe.

Exhibit No. 4,949 (give or take)? Trent Taylor's thirst trap Instagram photo from earlier this week.

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Stache Gainz (early stages)

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Based on the picture above, you surely know what followed.

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Taylor didn't play a single game in 2019, missing all of the season due to complications with his injured foot. You wouldn't know that reading the comments, though.

The 26-year-old slot receiver was a fixture at the 49ers' player-organized workouts earlier in the offseason, rebuilding a connection with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo that was so strong in 2017. Taylor could play a big role this season, considering Deebo Samuel and Richie James' offseason injuries.

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The 49ers hope Taylor can reach his 2017 level, and some big performances surely would lead to more Instagram posts.

That, more than anything, might be why his teammates want to see Taylor succeed.