Darian Kinnard Declares For The NFL Draft

Kentucky offensive tackle, Darian Kinnard, took to social media on Tuesday to announce that he will be declaring for the 2022 NFL Draft.


The senior from Knoxville is expected to be drafted very high in this years draft, with a strong possibility of it being in the first round.

"These last four years with you have provided many of the greatest experiences and memories of my lifetime." Kinnard continues with, "BBN - you do it best! My heartfelt appreciation for the continuous support and involvement of our fans!"


"This said, I am humbled by my blessings and honored to declare for the 2022 NFL draft. Again, I am truly grateful for each and everyone of you and for this amazing opportunity."


Darian Kinnard won and was nominated for many awards during his time at Kentucky, and just in his senior year alone he was tabbed for a few more.

  • Graded by PFF as college football’s top run-blocking tackle for 2021

  • Outland Trophy Watch List - nation's top interior lineman offense or defense

  • Preseason First-Team Offense All-SEC (Athlon, Phil Steele, Walter Camp)

  • Preseason First-Team All-American (Athlon, Walter Camp, PFF)

  • Preseason Second-Team All-American (Phil Steele)

Kinnard played in 33 career games as a Wildcat, with 26 consecutive starts at tackle. His absence will be felt throughout the football program and his position has been left better than it was found when he got here.

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