Guard Javion Cohen and safeties Kamren Kinchens and James Williams have been selected to represent the Miami football program in the Senior Bowl next month in Mobile, Alabama. Cohen, Kinchens and Williams all decided to forego their final season of college eligibility to enter the NFL Draft.
Cohen earned honorable mention All-ACC after starting all 12 regular season games for Miami. Per Grant Hughes of 247Sports, Cohen earned a 59.1 overall grade from Pro Football Focus, was second on Miami with 15 pressures allowed with only one sack and received a 55.4 run-blocking grade.
Kinchens had 59 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one sack, five interceptions, one returned for a touchdown, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery in 10 games in 2023. The ACC named Kinchens first-team All-Conference for the second straight season. Kinchens was a first-team all-american in 2022.
At 6'5, 215 pounds, Williams is projected as a hybrid defensive back/linebacker in the NFL. Williams is listed as a LB on the Senior Bowl roster. Williams finished with 73 tackles, 0.5 TFL, six PBUs, two forced fumbles and an interception in 2023. During the regular season, Williams led Miami in tackles.
Defensive tackle Leonard Taylor III committed to playing in the East-West Shrine game on Thursday. Taylor had 19 tackles, 3.5 TFLs and 1.0 sack in 2023. Per Inside The U, Taylor received a 75.1 grade from PFF which was the 12th highest on Miami in 2023. Taylor had 21 QB pressures. five missed five tackles and a 33.6 tackling grade in 2023.
Miami center Matt Lee has not reportedly been accepted for a postseason college all-star game. The NFL Combine has not announced who their participants will be from March 2-5. Lee is currently projected to be an undrafted free agent in April. Lee received an 89.1 pass-blocking grade and a 70.3 run-blocking grade from PFF in 2023.