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Javon Kinlaw drafted 14th overall by San Francisco 49ers

The former Gamecock is Bay-bound.

Appalachian State v South Carolina Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

South Carolina defensive tackle Javon Kinlaw will be striking out from Columbia to the Bay, selected No. 14 overall by the San Francisco 49ers in Thursday night’s NFL Draft.

The first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC star racked up 18 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks through this three-year career at South Carolina, also tallying three forced fumbles (and four recovered), three blocked kicks, 10 deflected passes, and seven quarterback hurries.

Kinlaw will join fellow Gamecock and former teammate Deebo Samuel in San Francisco.

Speaking of which, the 49ers have shown a bit of an affinity toward South Carolina players in recent years, drafting legendary running back Marcus Lattimore and wide receiver/kick returner Bruce Ellington, while also employing quarterback Dylan Thompson at one point on their practice squad.

Kinlaw is the highest-selected NFL Gamecock since Jadeveon Clowney, and the program’s 14th first-round pick (ninth since 2000). Congratulations to this one-man wrecking crew who made South Carolina’s defense a lot of fun to watch, and best of luck to him in the Bay.