Donald Kinchen: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Donald Kinchen
School: Southwestern Assemblies of God University
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
My main goal was a winning season, conference championship, and a bowl game. Every time I step on the field my goal is to be the most physical in the trenches. Never giving up a sack and getting plenty of pancakes, is the standard that I have set for myself. The main goal for the entire OL was to prove we were the best unit in the nation, in my final season we accomplished that. Our running back, Keaton Dudik finished number two in the nation for the NAIA in rushing yards. We finished the season 9-3, the most wins in school history, and broke all the offensive records while winning our bowl game.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
Having the extra year allowed me to perfect my craft and be able to develop more as a player. Playing the OL position is much more tedious and technique driven than any other position as to why most guys don’t just come in and start as freshmen like other positions.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I’m hard working, persistent. Passionate about people and process. Driven by authentic convictions to see people win and succeed. One who loves working with his teammates, and stays focused on getting better. Finishes plays and communicates extremely well My talent is exceeded by my positive attitude. Team first and always willing to listen dependably, team player, and leader.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
When studying film the things I focus on are my steps, pad level and hand placement Technique and being first off the ball. When watching film on the defense I’m looking at the Defensive lineman alignment but also I’m studying the linebackers and looking at their feet and alignment, if he’s a run fit guy that plays in the box a lot or if he’s dropping into coverage that tries to avoid contact also watching the safety and the corners and alignment most of the time when safety rolls over the top Or stacks on top it’s some type of blitz coming.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
My finish and understanding of defense schemes and coverages I can play center or guard. I’m dependable.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Consistent footwork drills and dedicating myself to the grind. Make the next offseason my best. Focus to become the fastest, strongest, smartest and most football savvy player I’ve ever been and that I ever can be. Strive to be as close to perfect as I can get.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
My mental focus and understanding of life and my leadership, hard work and relentless effort flows me in everything I do.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I can handle any situation that I’m put in. I’m a hard-working dedicated discipline.I hold myself to a high standard with expectations for myself which have helped me be very self disciplined and diligent. Without discipline, and dedication it’s hard to succeed in anything you do. I give my best no matter what even if I know the outcome won’t be in my favor. I’m relentless and I will always get the job done with no excuses.