DB Kamren Kinchens could end up being the ideal keystone for Rams secondary

The Rams did not draft many defensive backs in the 2024 NFL Draft, but selecting DB Kamren Kinchens may have been just enough.
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It takes a thief

When the Rams signed defensive back Kamren Curl from the 2024 NFL Free Agency market, the team landed one of the hottest free agents available. He is a punisher, a hard hitting defense back who love to lay the smackdown on opponents. In 2023, he recorded 115 tackles, 74 of which were solo tackles. But he is more than a tackling machine, as he broke up five passes and allowed just 69.6 percent of passes targeting his receivers to find their mark.

But he only created three interceptions in four NFL seasons.

For turnovers, the Rams re-signed former DB Darious Williams to the roster, a player who put up four interceptions in 2023. The team also signed former Buffalo Bills DB Tre'Davious White. White had one interception in 2023, but played in just four games. If White can return to his 2019 form, the team would gladly welcome his six interceptions in one season.

But the true master thief could prove to be rookie DB Kamren Kinchens. He had six interceptions in 2022, and five more interceptions in 2023. Not only did he create an incredible number of turnovers, but he was good for one pick six in each of the past two seasons for the Miami Hurricanes.

Standing 5-foot-11 and weighing 205 pounds, Kinchens does not give the sillouette of a thumping-style defensive back. But as soon as you see him on the football field in pads, you will get a completely different impression.

Kinchens is not a diva by any stretch of the imagination. He loves to tackle, putting up 162 tackles in three seasons at Miami, including 99 solo tackles. He also loves to get his hands into the passing lane, denying completions 15 times by breaking up the pass over the same three seasons. But he has an uncanny knack of being where the football is when the pass ends, and the Rams would love to see more of that in 2024.

In the end, Kinchens has the type of ball-hawking mindset that this secondary sorely needs. Keep Kamren Kinchens on your radar. He has a date with destiny for this defense in 2024.

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