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2021 LSU NFL Draft Profiles: Kary Vincent

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Undersized flex DB offers smart play and elite footspeed

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Kary Vincent was never a highly heralded player for LSU, but he was solid, effective, and generally reliable. His importance to the defense was clear, as his improvement throughout the 2019 season was a big part of LSU’s defensive surge over the last several games of their championship run. He mostly played nickel corner, but played some snaps at safety. He was very effective in man coverage for much of 2018 and 2019 from the slot.

Tape:

Kary Vincent was sound in his assignments at LSU, something this past defense desperately missed. Here his assignment is to play man to man on the No. 2 receiver to the top unless he runs a shallow, in which case he zones off to deep third and can take away a vertical or corner route by the No. 3 receiver, which he does. Nothing spectacular but quality technique, a good read, and good positioning.

Here you can see a couple examples of his excellent closing speed. The first one he has to cover a post from outside leverage and makes a great play on the ball. The second he has to cover a sail route and match the receiver to the sideline from even leverage. He can really close on the ball.

Measurables:

Kary Vincent’s measurables are very Jekyll and Hyde. His speed scores are superb, but his size and strength scores are really bad. As a result, he’s going to be limited to a slot corner sort of role in the NFL. That said, he clearly has the speed and tape to intrigue teams about him in that role. Here it is visualized thanks to @MathBomb who has created a fantastic composite.

Here are his percentiles graphed out by MockDraftable, a fantastic database. As you can see, the speed scores are very good, the size scores are............not that.

Projection:

I expect Kary Vincent to go in the 6th or 7th round. I think someone is gonna take interest in his speed and LSU resume, but his size makes it impossible for him to play on the outside so he’ll be locked at slot corner. That said, he could be a useful piece in nickel and dime packages, which have never been more important and more widely utilized.