30 prospects in 30 days: Miami’s Kamren Kinchens has desired instincts at safety

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Considered a top safety in this year’s draft class, Miami’s Kamren Kinchens was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2023.

During his college career, he showed the ability to create turnovers, racking up 11 interceptions the last two seasons.  

“I think my instincts, I think my aggressiveness, I’m gonna have to learn how to control so I won’t be taking too many risks,” Kinchens said. “But learning how to take risks and elevate – no bad plays. Just have those good to average plays and then you have those flash great plays.”

Brandon Beane believes instincts are a vital trait in great safeties, and Kinchens agrees.

“I think it comes in you and you have to learn how to bring it out at certain points,” Kinchens said. “There’s other things that go into the instincts. You got to be very good in the film room because you ain’t gonna have instincts if you don’t know what’s going on.”

The Bills added former Hurricanes secondary coach Jahmile Addae to their defensive coaching staff this offseason, and Kinchens and Addae spent the last two seasons working together at Miami.

“He’s one of those people, he’s not gonna let you slack one bit,” Kinchens said of Addae. “He’s always gonna keep you grounded and I think that’s the biggest thing.”

Kinchens had a formal meeting with the Bills at the scouting combine. He’s expected to be a day two selection.

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