Pro Football Focus named its Top 30 Offensive Linemen Returning To College Football In 2020, and three of them will be blocking for Terry Wilson and the UK backfield next year. That’s crazy.
Even crazier: Landon Young is not one of them.
PFF listed Darian Kinnard, Drake Jackson and Luke Fortner among the best O-linemen in the country next fall. The website cites its own database, which is used by all 32 NFL teams and 70 FBS programs, for the projections.
Here’s what was said about each Cat:
12. DARIAN KINNARD, KENTUCKY
Kinnard’s run-blocking at right tackle was on another level this year — his 89.1 run-blocking grade was the fifth best at his position. When the Wildcats ran inside zone, Kinnard was making plays left and right and raised his run-blocking grade to an FBS high 93.4. All-in-all, Kinnard finished the year with the fifth-highest WAA among right tackles and was the highest among sophomores/freshman.
18. DRAKE JACKSON, KENTUCKY
Jackson has been Kentucky’s starting center since Week 8 of his 2017 redshirt year and has produced a PFF pass-blocking grade above 76.0 in each of his three seasons. Like his teammate Luke Fortner, Jackson adjusted to the offensive change nicely, producing the ninth-best run-blocking among centers this year.
26. LUKE FORTNER, KENTUCKY
Fortner primarily has played at right guard for the Wildcats, but he could plug in anywhere, at any time, and still have success. Among all offensive guards, Fortner produced the 18th-best PFF grade. He’s allowed just eight pressures on his 377 career pass-blocking snaps and was an integral part of Kentucky’s switch to the run-heavy offense with Lynn Bowden midseason.
Again, that is THREE of the top THIRTY in the entire country, plus Landon Young and more.
You kidding me????