LA Rams 2021 NFL Draft : Mock Draft 1.1

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LA Rams 2021 NFL Draft Mock Draft
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Kary Vincent Jr, cornerback/safety LSU

Defensive back Kary Vincent Jr seems to be the prototype corner/safety mix that Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley loves. While he can play both positions, the Rams will take him as a corner.

Vincent is a smaller DB at 5-foot-10 and 190-pounds. He more than makes up for it with his play. He’s quick, has great hip movement, and is sticky in man coverage. He knows how to use the leverage of a receiver’s route to jump ahead. He can also get vertical to make a play high passes.

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With the possible departures, either Darious Williams or Troy Hill Vincent would need to take one of their places. He can compliment Jalen Ramsey, especially with the way receivers are in the NFC West. The West has multiple top-end number one receivers in DK Metcalf and DeAndre Hopkins. With Ramsey shadowing them all game Vincent will be tested on teams’ number twos.

Vincent’s biggest weakness is his size and he will struggle to cover bigger receivers. While his great coverage skills allow him to stick to a receiver, he can and will be bullied, especially if a receiver is physical. The same goes for the run, if a receiver is bigger don’t expect him to make a play. His specialty is covering smaller faster receivers.

Vincent could also have a learning curve too if the Rams can’t manage to resign Williams. While his primary coverage responsibility in college was slot he might have to learn to play corner on the outside.

Still, Vincent has a high upside and could be a true number two corner behind Ramsey. With the possible losses in the secondary, the Rams will need to think ahead about how to replace players.