Kamren Kinchens has the perfect response to being drafted by the Rams

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If you had suggested that the LA Rams would do a complete makeover of their secondary after the 2023 NFL season, that would have been met with a lot of resistance and pushback from fans and Rams blogging sites. And yet, with the addition of Miami Hurricanes DB Kamren Kinchens in Round 3 of the 2024 NFL Draft with the 99th overall pick, that seems to be the scenario that is taking place.

The team invested heavily into the secondary in the 2024 NFL Free Agency market, signing veteran defensive backs like former Jacksonville Jaguars DB Darious Williams, former Buffalo Bills DB Tre'Various White, and former Washington Commanders DB Kamren Curl

Curiously, the team invested next to nothing in the secondary in 2023, and the team seemed to get far more bang for the buck than expected. That did not seem to make much of an impression on the powers that be, who have all but backfilled starting roles in the secondary for the 2024 NFL season.

The selection of DB Kinchens in Round 3 was the final flourish.

Kinchens has perfect reaction after he was drafted by the Rams

The truth of the matter for the 2024 NFL Draft is that the front office did give fans a warm minor surprise by adding to the secondary at the end of Round 3. Many fans guaranteed that the team would not emerge from Day 2 without at least one of the talented wide receivers that were so abundant in this rookie class. But the team threw a curveball, opting instead to grab one of the best ball-hawking safeties in the rookie class from 2024.

So how did new Rams rookie Kamren Kinchens react to joining the LA Rams?

The Rams want to be a far more dangerous secondary in 2024 than in 2023. That does not mean that the goal this season is to hold opposing quarterbacks to a completion rate of under 35 percent (although that would be fantastic). Rather the team wants to bolster the secondary's ability to force turnovers, and Kamren Kinchens is a well-documented ball-hawking specialist.

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Can Kinchens earn a starting role in 2024? Right now I give him a 50/50 shot of doing so. The team was pleased with veteran safeties Russ Yeast and Quentin Lake, and they will not relinquish a chance to start in 2024 without a fight.

Kinchens is versatile enough to play all over the football field in the secondary, including competing for a role as the slot cornerback. And he is a solid tackler on special team coverage units. But his super power is diagnosing the arc of the football mid-flight and showing up in the right place at the right time to snatch it out of the air and claim it as his own.

Kamren Kinchens reacted to being selected by the team by saying:

"Glad to wake up a Ram"

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I hate to piggy-back on that, but I am glad that he is waking up on the LA Rams team too.

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