Vikings Draft 2021: Four-round risk-reward mock draft

(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Kary Vincent Jr.
(Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) Kary Vincent Jr. /
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(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) Kary Vincent Jr. /

Fourth Round (Pick No. 143)

Kary Vincent Jr. – CB (LSU)

Kary Vincent Jr. is going to make plays at the next level, but there is no doubt that his size will be a focal point. He measured in at just under 5-foot-10 and just 185 pounds. Vincent does not have the size that the Vikings are probably looking for and have plenty of slot corners on the roster. Shaun Wade would only crowd that room even more.

Vincent ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at his Pro Day in March, showing off his athleticism in front of scouts. He is a tremendous athlete with agility, quick feet, and long speed, which will make him a viable player in an NFL defense.

His ability in coverage stands out above all else. Vincent intercepted four passes and broke up eight more in 2019, his final season with the Tigers. You can never have too many coverage defenders, and that should be the Vikings’ approach in this draft, regardless of who they select prior to each pick. There may not be any edge defenders or other high-impact positions available at this spot, as was the case here, and Kary Vincent Jr. would be an extra defensive back with experience.

Vincent would be another option to move to safety down the line. Perhaps he can become the eventual replacement for Harrison Smith at free safety as he gets up there in age.