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Who is Kamren Kinchens
Kamren Kinchens was a three-star prospect out of Miami, FL. Before the Florida native joined the Hurricanes other Division I schools tried to give him offers to attend their program. To be exact, 19 different programs sent an offer to Kinchens. He listed his top 5 schools as Auburn, LSU, Miami, Nebraska, and Texas A&M in May of 2020. In July of 2020, he would commit to the Miami Hurricanes. In January 2021 he would officially enroll in the program.
The Hurricanes knew they had something special. In his freshman year, he played 554 snaps through 12 games. He would begin to show his versatility in week 7 when he had 2 total run stops. His speed and quickness would begin to make him a threat to not only drop back into coverage but also attack the ball at the line.
In his sophomore season, he would see an uptick in snaps. He played 706 in total. Of those 174 were within the box. He almost went two full seasons without allowing a touchdown in coverage. In week 13 versus Pittsburgh, he allowed 2 touchdowns. The bright side is he only allowed 221 yards total and had 6 interceptions.
This season, his junior year, he has played in 10 games on 638 snaps. The third most on the team. He has a career-high 40 solo tackles with his first sack coming in week 7 at North Carolina. Kinchens intercepted 5 passes while allowing 4 touchdowns. This would be his worst year in completion percentage. He allowed 80.6% of passes to be caught. He did not allow more than 60% in his first two seasons. Kinchens has shown since day one that he is a leader.
Kamren Kinchens brings pro size with elite speed to get across the field quickly. He has excellent ball-tracking skills. This helps when he is lined up at the safety position during run plays. He quickly identifies the play and attacks where he needs to be. His awareness allows him to know when he needs to make the jump on the receiver to disrupt the pass. He is a vicious tackler. This explains why he can be effective when lined up within the box.
Kinchens does play with aggression. At times that is a great thing. Other times it is a reason he allowed 80.6% completion in 2023. He tends to want to make the big play when a simple tackle or deflection is needed. At times he jumps too early on the ball allowing the receiver to beat him over the top. He seems to struggle when he is lined up as a single high safety.
Potential NFL Landing Spots:
I think Kamren Kinchens could be a late first or early second-round pick.
The Broncos have two solid safeties in Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons. Jackson could be on the way out with his targeting issues. Plus, next year would be Jackson’s 14th season. Kinchens has some similarities to Jackson. He would almost become an exact replica with quicker instincts. In the division with quarterbacks that have a cannon for an arm a ball-hawking type of safety would do them well.
The Titans lost star safety Kevin Byard to the Philadelphia Eagles this season. They need another safety to pair along with Amani Hooker who is signed to the team through 2025. They seem to be in rebuild mode and in need of a leader. Kinchens could bring a different element to the Titans' run defense.
It is the least likely of my three potential landing spots. But why not? He grew up in Miami. He played college football in Miami. He stays home to play in front of his family. Jevon Holland is a great safety for the team. Brandon Jones and DeShon Elliott are good depth pieces. Holland has good enough coverage skills that if he needed to be the single high safety he could be. This would allow Kamren Kinchens to shine in other areas of the field as the ball-hawking safety he is.
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