Denver Broncos use first seventh-round pick on cornerback Kary Vincent Jr.

Denver Broncos, Kary Vincent. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
Denver Broncos, Kary Vincent. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /

The Denver Broncos have added another cornerback to a growing stable, selecting Kary Vincent Jr. from LSU.

Vincent is a bit undersized at 5-foot-10 but he has the kind of traits that you can’t wait for to develop if you have talented corners on the roster, which the Broncos have made sure through free agency and the first round of this draft that they do.

Vincent doesn’t have the best anticipatory skills, but he is extremely fast, having also spent time on the LSU track team. He has good ball skills as well, as evidenced by his six career interceptions in just 27 games.

He opted out of his senior season in 2020 but had a great 2019 season for a team that won the national title. For a seventh-round pick though, this was a brilliant selection.

There are analysts that will call Vincent the best slot cornerback in this entire draft class. To get him within the final 25 picks of the selection process is quite impressive.

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This is the kind of pick that is bad news for players lower on the depth chart such as Duke Dawson or Nate Hairston, as it will be tough to keep Vincent off of the main roster as a rookie. In college, he also had a chance to play some safety, so he is versatile as well.

Vincent’s father,  Kary Sr., played briefly in the NFL after being drafted by the New Orleans Saints, though he never got off the practice squad.

Because the Broncos already have Patrick Surtain, Ronald Darby, Kyle Fuller, Michael Ojemudia and Essang Bassey on the team, there is a chance that Vincent’s career will start on the practice squad as well.

But his slot coverage skills and blazing speed will be tough to ignore and he should get his chance to shine at some point.