Kary Vincent Jr. is off to the 2021 NFL Draft after opting out of the season
Add another big-named player to opt out of the 2020 season and to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft amid the current health concerns. LSU cornerback Kary Vincent Jr., fresh off of a national championship victory, has decided to take his talents to the next level, beginning his training now.
Expected to be one of the fastest players in the 2021 draft class, Vincent Jr. is going to absolutely wow on his drills. While his size will be a bit of a concern, listed at 5-foot-10 and 189 pounds, nickel cornerbacks are a growing priority, and a void the LSU corner could fill in the mid-rounds of the draft.
Looking at the career of Kary Vincent Jr. at LSU
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In three seasons with the Tigers, Vincent Jr. tallied three tackles for loss, a sack, and 60 solo tackles in defense of the run and in space. Additionally, Vincent has racked up a whopping six interceptions and 15 passes defended throughout his career.
A year ago as a member of the national championship-winning team, Vincent displayed elite ball production tallying four interceptions and eight passes defended. Playing both outside the numbers and in the nickel, Vincent Jr. is easily coming off the best season of his career.
2021 NFL Draft and NFL projection
In order to project as an outside cornerback at the next level and in the 2021 NFL Draft, Vincent is going to have to test off the charts, specifically in his explosion drills such as vertical and broad jumps. Additionally, Vincent will have to bulk up quite a bit and measure in at or above his list height.
However, college teams usually list guys bigger than they actually are, meaning Vincent is likely pushing 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds. This would make it extremely difficult to project him as an outside cornerback at the next level.
Regardless, NFL teams are in a desperate need of nickel cornerbacks as the league continues to get more and more pass-heavy. We have not seen a nickel taken in the top-50 of the NFL Draft yet, so this would make it appear Vincent Jr. will likely project as a mid-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.