PROSPECT SUMMARY - KARY VINCENT JR.
LSU defensive back Kary Vincent Jr. was a mainstay in the Tigers’ secondary in 2018 and 2019 where he was provided chances to play slot cornerback and safety. While he’s undersized and lacks length, Vincent Jr. is an explosive athlete. He has exceptional quickness, fluidity, and long speed, which are major assets to him in coverage. In addition, Vincent Jr. has very good ball skills and he loves to bait throws. With that said, he lacks a natural feel in coverage. His route-anticipation skills are lacking and he plays far too loose in coverage despite having the physical gifts to be sticky. He doesn’t feel route stems and respond timely enough, which is problematic in both man and zone coverage. His size restrictions present challenges as a tackler and there are times he lacks enthusiasm when it’s time to be physical. If Vincent Jr. can develop his processing skills and technique, he can be a valuable asset in an NFL secondary, but there are some bad habits he must get rid of to reach his ceiling.
Ideal Role: Developmental slot cornerback that may need to transition to free safety.
Scheme Fit: Man Coverage.
Written by Joe Marino
Games watched: Alabama (2019), Mississippi (2019), Mississippi State (2019), Texas A&M (2019), Georgia (2019)
Best Game Studied: Texas A&M (2019)
Worst Game Studied: Mississippi State (2019)
Man Coverage Skills: Vincent features a wonderful blend of lightning-quick feet and fluid hips that serve as a wonderful foundation as a slot corner to pattern-match and find success in man coverage. With that said, he does not naturally mirror routes and lacks route-anticipation skills. Too much of his game is reactionary and that does not bode well for man coverage reps. He’s too willing to rely on his recovery athleticism and plays too many reps from the trail. Overall, he’s too loose in coverage and he has the tools to play tighter. He’s far too willing to concede leverage and allow his face to be crossed. His eye discipline is poor in man coverage where he gets caught peeking into the backfield way too often.
Zone Coverage Skills: Vincent’s lack of route-anticipation ability also shows up in zone coverage drops, particularly when he’s playing safety. He doesn’t feel routes and respond well enough for the coverage technique to take away the leverage that it’s designed to do, especially when he’s playing in deeper alignments. His best moments breaking on the football do come in zone coverage where he can cue, trigger, and break on the football.
Ball Skills: Vincent’s ball skills are a strength and he loves to bait throws, trusting his quickness and ball skills to disrupt at the catch point. He showcases good hands and he’s made his share of acrobatic interceptions. His lack of length does inhibit him at the catch point and there are more than a few reps where he is inches away from making a play on the ball.
Tackling: Vincent thrives in click and close situations where he can close down distances and tackle a receiver as he’s catching the football. In other situations when he’s called upon to tackle, the results are often disappointing. Vincent lacks size, length, and physicality as a tackler.
Versatility: Vincent is experienced playing both from the slot and safety at LSU and could be viewed as either in the NFL. He has the physical ability to excel in coverage from either spot but run fills will be a challenge given his size restrictions. His lean frame also presents some matchup restrictions to be mindful of.
Competitive Toughness: Vincent is competitive in coverage and he plays the game with good energy. With that said, his temperament for getting involved as a tackler can be disappointing and his pursuit urgency often reveals a passive demeanor.
Functional Athleticism: Vincent is an exceptional athlete. He has springy feet, oily hips, and elite long speed. There might not be a footrace he cannot win on the football field. His plus athletic profile increases his margin for error in coverage.
Football IQ: It’s hard to see the lack of route awareness both in man and zone coverage and feel great about his instincts and processing ability. He doesn’t trust his technique and his eye discipline is poor. His appetite for playing from the trail, allowing cushion, and relying on his quickness to break on the football won’t work in the NFL.
Run Defending: Vincent’s size restrictions present challenges as a tackler. With that said, it appears he understands his role in run support despite not being a consistent finisher. He will take on contact and spill plays back toward pursuit.
Length: Vincent lacks ideal length and it shows up at the catch point. For his style of play, that lack of length tends to cost him. He isn’t going to make many plays outside of his frame.
Prospect Comparison: Eric King (2005 NFL Draft, Buffalo Bills)
TDN Consensus: 72.00/100
Joe Marino: 71.00/100
Kyle Crabbs: 73.00/100
Jordan Reid: 72.00/100
Drae Harris: 72.00/100