Florida State defensive end Joshua Kaindoh could be an intriguing option for the Las Vegas Raiders on Day 3 of the NFL Draft.
The Las Vegas Raiders need to bolster their pass rush and they can do it by adding quality depth in April. It wouldn’t be too farfetched for the organization to draft one early in the first round. That’s one scenario but they can look for a pass-rusher on the second or third day of the draft. By then, the Silver and Black will have chosen an interior lineman early instead. If the latter ends up happening, the Raiders should take a look at Joshua Kaindoh.
Despite battling injuries for what seems like his entire collegiate career, Kaindoh has upside coming into the NFL. Due to shoulder and knee injuries, he was only able to play 20 games from 2018 to 2020, so health is certainly a concern.
What can Kaindoh bring to the Raiders?
Injuries aside, the Raiders could still take advantage of the fact that Kaindoh will be available later in the draft. His collegiate production paints a good picture if he can recapture the magic from his freshman campaign. That year, Kaindoh logged four sacks, six and a half tackles for a loss, one forced fumble, and 17 total tackles. By the time his FSU career was over, Kaindoh had eight sacks and 16.5 tackles for a loss.
Pro Football Focus recently broke down Kaindoh’s final season as a Seminole. He had a 74.0 overall grade while his pass rush came in at 66.2. On the other hand, he had a 56.3 run grade in 2020. On a side note, Kaindoh’s coverage grade was 81.4, stemming from an interception he returned 25 yards for a touchdown.
Kaindoh’s size stands out…
One of the biggest things that stands out about Kaindoh is his size, standing at six-foot-seven and weighing in at 265 pounds. He has a similar frame to Clelin Ferrell but he is approximately three inches taller. You can see Kaindoh’s wingspan on display on film, he’ll also be of use in stopping the run game with his recognition skills. Kaindoh stands out so much due to his size but it’s not all flash, he delivers punishing tackles too. He has solid lateral speed and movement but his awareness is also noteworthy. You can see he’s constantly in the backfield breaking up plays.
Kaindoh’s spin move and ability to finesse blockers is even more impressive when you consider his size. If healthy, the Raiders could have him put on some mass, followed by a move inside as well. Selecting Kaindoh seems like a move with a high ceiling, and under Gus Bradley and Rod Marinelli, he could flourish. The biggest issue will be his health and without an NFL combine, we won’t be able to see his explosiveness ahead of the draft. Either way, this selection could be a steal on Day 3 if Kaindoh’s there.
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