Pro Football Focus has been very pro-Kentucky the last few seasons, so it’s no surprise that several Wildcats received postseason praise from the outlet, which focuses on advanced statistics. Four Cats made PFF’s All-American teams, including two integral parts of the Big Blue Wall:
- Darian Kinnard, First Team Right Tackle
- Chris Rodriguez, Second Team Running Back
- Drake Jackson, Second Team Center
- Max Duffy, Third Team Punter
Kinnard was probably Kentucky’s top pro prospect coming into this season and PFF’s Anthony Treash said he elevated his draft stock even more in his junior campaign.
“Kinnard maintained his status as one of the top tackles in the run game this year, raising his run-block grade from 89.1 in 2019 to 92.3 this season. That was anchored by the third-highest positively graded run-block rate among FBS tackles.”
Also boosting Kinnard’s draft stock: this picture.
To see all of PFF’s All-Americans, click here. I have a feeling this is just the start of the postseason accolades for this group.